Our mission at RAM Racing is not only to raise funds to support our official charities but also to promote, raise awareness and support the mission of the organization.
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish® is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and 33,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish® has granted more than 285,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish® America, visit wish.org.
Make-A-Wish® Cheer Station
On race day, be sure to keep an eye out for The Make-A-Wish® Cheer Station at mile one! These blue-clad cheerleaders will be there to celebrate your first mile, and give you an extra boost of energy and excitement to help you tackle the rest of the course!
Your support can help grant wishes for kids like Avery.
After surgery to remove a half-pound tumor, Avery needed something positive in her life – something that wasn’t another surgery, checkup or round of chemotherapy. A hospital case worker created a spark of optimism for Avery by referring her for a Make-A-Wish® experience. To the surprise of many people who live in snowy climates, Avery wished to see snow and build a snowman. That’s something she doesn’t get to do in Florida.
Make-A-Wish® volunteers planned an incredible trip to Vermont so Avery could enjoy all the best aspects of winter – building a snowman, riding in a sleigh, hurling snowballs and capping it all off with hot chocolate.
Today, Avery and her family can all enjoy the memories of their time in the snow. And even better, they celebrated the end of six months of chemotherapy and a long period of remission. “Avery’s amazement at the snow was priceless and the memories we were able to create were phenomenal,” said her mother, Shelby. “We cannot thank you enough!”
Please click below to donate to Make-A-Wish®!
Ready to Go the Extra Mile?
Ready to Go the Extra Mile? We’re excited to show you how to make an even bigger difference in your community. Go The Extra Mile by raising additional funds for families in need. Check out these Go The Extra Mile prize incentives:
-Raise $250-$499 – $50 gift card from the official Hot Chocolate Store
-Raise $500-$999 – free race entry
-Raise $1000+ – $50 gift card and free race entry
Fundraising incentives will be awarded on the amount raised by 11:59pm the Sunday prior to the race. Also keep in mind that there’s no minimum on the amount you can fundraise– every bit will make a difference!
Walk for Special Olympics Chicago
The Walk for Special Olympics Chicago is a 2 mile untimed walk that starts after the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race. Please note that Walk participants will enjoy a different start time, course, and finish line than the MB Financial Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Walk for Special Olympics Chicago participants will not be able to start/race/finish with 5k/15k participants.
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. They are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters. They are also a global social movement. Visit their website to learn more about the athletes!
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Special Olympics athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.