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.Click here to learn more
Your support can help grant wishes for kids like Carter.
For three years, Carter has been fighting leukemia. Though he’s only 11, he is an old soul, who loves to chat and is interested in history, politics and cooking. A fan of Dan Brown thrillers, he decided a trip to Italy would allow him to indulge all of his interests.
He enjoyed the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. At a class in Florence, the family learned to cook an amazing dinner, including making pasta from scratch. They have a new tradition of “real” Italian nights where they recreate the meal at home.
“Carter’s wish was one of the more positive memories we’ll have of this time period,” his mom said. “Seeing him able to fully enjoy the experience after everything he has gone through meant a lot.”
Race Day just got that much SWEETER!
Together as a running community, we have the power to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses – here in Chicago and around the country. When you join us in supporting Make-A-Wish® with your own contribution and fundraising dollars we have the chance to transform lives of kids just like Bolingbrook native, Carter. As a token of our appreciation for helping us support our Official Charity partner, Make-A-Wish®, we’d like to reward our participants you with an extra sweet Race Day experience!
Participants that utilize their personal fundraising page and raise $250+ will get exclusive access to the Make-A-Wish® Chocolatiers tent that includes:
• A warm cup of coffee or two
• Complimentary private Gear Check to store your belongings
• Reserved porta let(s) equipped with no long lines!
• Unlimited refills of the signature chocolate fondue and decadent hot chocolate
• Meet and greet with the local Make-A-Wish® kid
We’ve made it easy for you to start working towards this sweeter experience by automatically providing each participant a personal fundraising page. All you need to do is share the link to your personal fundraising page on social media, by text or via email to make it simple for your friends to quickly donate.
Walk for Special Olympics Chicago
The Walk for Special Olympics Chicago is a 2 mile untimed walk that starts after the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race. Please note that Walk participants will enjoy a different start time, course, and finish line than the Allstate 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.