"OSF Runners" Chicago Marathon team is running for a cause

"I had an amazing experience last year running in the Chicago Marathon for the first time," says Karen Brodbeck, team captain of OSF Runners. "And I had such a great experience. I was really excited to share that with people.

Karen Brodbeck is the vice president for public relations at OSF HealthCare. And after running the Chicago Marathon, she wanted to get her OSF family involved.

Now, nine individuals make up the team 'OSF Runners'.

"Oh, it's going to be great," says Amy Paul, OSF Runners team member. "And none of us cares who finishes first. We're all going to be waiting for each other at the end."

Team members say this experience has allowed them to grow both individually, and as a group. But most importantly, they're excited to pay it forward.

"The OSF Runners team is affiliated with Team World Vision whose primary goal is to raise money for clean water initiatives," says Brodbeck. "They're also experts in disaster relief."

Brodbeck says a lot of the money the team raises will go to places like Puerto Rico that were affected by Hurricane Maria.

"We're at about $14,800," says Brodbeck. "$50 changes the life of one person through the organization. And so, we're close to 300 lives impacted."

The team hopes to raise $16,000 by this weekend.

If you would like to help this team reach its goal, you can click on the following link: www.teamworldvision.org/team/osfrunners


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