'Run to Remember' Helps Children's Hospital
Media Contact: Mary Colliver
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Mar. 18, 2010) −Kentucky Children’s Hospital recently recognized Lexington firefighters for their donation from the annual Run to Remember.
The firefighters donated $3,766 to purchase bispectral index monitors
– more commonly called BIS monitors – for use in the pediatric
intensive care unit. The monitors help anesthetists and caregivers by
giving an indication of patients' consciousness under anesthesia.
The run is sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters, the
International Association of Firefighters Local 526 and by the
corporate sponsor, Emergency Medical Training Professionals.
The Run to Remember is a 4.03-mile run/walk held at Coldstream
Research Park in Lexington to remember and honor the 403 New York City
firefighters and 60 police officers and Port Authority police officers
who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001, in response to the
terrorist attack on America. It also is a fundraiser for Kentucky
"Because of our sponsors, every penny not designated to our
memorial monument to the fallen, goes to the children's hospital," said
Lt. Stewart Dawson, chaplain, Lexington Fire Department.
It was with this in mind that in 2004 Dawson initiated what is now
known as “The Week of Giving.” Occurring annually around Sept. 11, this
week is set aside specifically for the members of the Lexington Fire
Department to give back to the community that continually supports its
public servants. During this week, firefighters go above and beyond
their normal duties to perform acts of charity and goodwill as a “thank
you” to the residents of Lexington.
"Lexington Firefighters are on the front lines helping children in
our community," said Dr. Phillip A. Bernard, assistant professor of
pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a pediatric
critical care specialist at Kentucky Children's Hospital. "We are
grateful for their service everyday. Their contribution for BIS
monitors is a great example of our community coming together for kids."
In addition to its purpose to remember and honor the public safety
officers who died that week of Sept. 11, 2001, Dawson said they also
use this race as physical outreach for the firefighters to children at
Kentucky Children's Hospital.
"Before the race we pay a few visits to children's hospital. We play
games with them, have tea, or just chat — whatever that child desires,"
Dawson said. "We also ask them to place their own personal art of some
kind on some of our race shirts. We tell them that we will be running
in their honor because they are winners in our eyes for the battles
they are fighting in the hospital."
Those special shirts are worn by runners during the race. Then, after
the race, the firefighters return to the hospital and give their
medals — every firefighter who runs gets a medal — to the children.
"It is usually a whole different group of children," Dawson said. "We
tell those children that they too are winners in our eyes. They are
winners as they fight whatever illness they have. This is always a
great time for our firefighters and the children. Last year we had a
few children who had received treatment at Kentucky Children's Hospital
participate in the race."