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Race for the Kids is a non-profit organization based in Erie, MI, dedicated to supporting families in Monroe and Lucas counties who have children facing severe or life-threatening illnesses. Our annual 5K race and 1-mile family walk are not just events; they are a powerful expression of compassion and solidarity.

Imagine the strength it takes for these families to navigate the challenges that come with caring for a child with serious health issues. 'Race for the Kids' aims to be a beacon of hope for them, providing crucial financial support that eases the burden of medical expenses and allows these families to focus on what matters most – the well-being of their children.

By participating in our annual 5K race and 1-mile family walk, you become an integral part of this heartwarming cause. Your support translates directly into tangible assistance for these families, offering them a lifeline during challenging times. Join us in creating a community where every step taken and every dollar raised contributes to a brighter future for these children and their families.

Together, we can turn each stride into a symbol of strength, resilience, and unity. Let's run, walk, and rally for a cause that truly makes a difference in the lives of these brave families. Join 'Race for the Kids' – where every step counts, and every contribution brings us closer to a world where every child has the opportunity to thrive despite the challenges they may face. Thank you for being a part of this impactful journey.

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How It All started

The Miracle Kids Who Started it All

Race for the Kids was born from a place of empathy, resilience, and the unwavering determination of two friends, Jackie Cousino and Tara Stubleski. Their journey began in the midst of personal hardship when both Jackie and Tara found themselves navigating the challenging terrain of having a child with a severe or life-threatening illness. Amidst the uncertainty and emotional upheaval of hospital stays, treatments, and endless worries, they discovered an unexpected source of strength: their community.

In those difficult times, their community rallied around them with unwavering support, offering a lifeline of kindness, compassion, and practical assistance. Moved by this outpouring of solidarity, Jackie and Tara were inspired to pay it forward. They recognized a pressing need to extend this same support to other families facing similar circumstances. Thus, the seeds of Race for the Kids were sown.

Fuelled by their shared experiences and a deep-rooted desire to make a difference, Jackie and Tara embarked on a mission to create a support network for families navigating the challenging journey of caring for a child with a serious illness. With the firm belief that no family should face such trials alone, they set out to build a community where compassion and understanding flourished.

Race for the Kids quickly gained momentum, attracting like-minded individuals eager to contribute their time, resources, and expertise to the cause. Through fundraisers, awareness campaigns, and community events, they worked tirelessly to raise funds, offer emotional support, and provide practical assistance to families in need.

Today, Race for the Kids stands as a testament to the power of friendship, resilience, and collective action. What began as a personal journey of hardship has blossomed into a beacon of hope and solidarity for families across the community. Thanks to the vision and dedication of all those involved, Race for the Kids continues to shine brightly, offering solace, support, and a sense of belonging to all those who need it most.

Food Trucks

The Squeeze Lemonade Truck

The Squeeze Lemonade truck will be at the race selling fresh squeezed lemonade.  Part of the proceeds will go directly to the Race for the Kids. They have original or flavored options to choose from.