(Posted April 1, 2022)
Over the past 13 years, Rockin’ on the Run, a London-based non-profit, has raised $233,200 for pediatric brain tumor research. Each of those years, the group has put on an event that features a 5K run/walk and auction, with virtual formats the past couple of years.
This year, the group is taking a break but has plans to return in 2023. The volunteers need a chance to rejuvenate personally. They also are taking time to look for additional beneficiaries of their fundraising efforts.
“As a board, we realized that in order to bring you the best, we have to be at our best,” said Ashley Winebrenner, Rockin’ on the Run vice president and co-founder. “Our team has come together to innovate, adapt and keep the magic of our event alive, but, truth be told, it has taken a toll.”
Members of the all-volunteer board have full-time jobs, families, and other responsibilities. They need a breather, Winebrenner said.
As for the search for additional beneficiaries, the board has been learning about several different organizations that focus on pediatric brain tumor research. For nearly the entire life of Rockin’ on the Run, proceeds have gone to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“Why are we branching out from Nationwide Children’s Hospital? Because we are growing,” Winebrenner said. “And that means we can extend our reach. NCH is a great organization and, trust us, we are not taking this lightly. We are carefully researching, learning and interviewing to find additional organizations that fit our core values perfectly.”
Even though Rockin’ on the Run isn’t holding a formal event this year, supporters are still welcome to do their own run or walk the third Saturday of May and post pictures (#rockinontherun). Monetary donations are welcome anytime.
Plans for the event’s return in 2023 include in-person and virtual options, a butterfly run for children (a.k.a. kids’ fun run), games and more.
Visit www.rockinontherun.org and follow the group on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and details on how to make donations. Questions also may be directed to (740) 490-2531 and firstname.lastname@example.org.