I CAN. AND, I WILL.
It's this positive mantra that inspires Seattle Children's patient Olivia Vitello every day. Sign up to run the inaugural race dedicated to Liv's unwavering spirit and help raise money for uncompensated care at Seattle Children's to ensure that families in our area can focus on their child's wellbeing, not the medical bill in their mailbox.
Proceeds from this fun run will benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, which provides medical care to children in our region regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
ABOUT I CAN AND I WILL
When Olivia went in for her 6 year wellness visit, her pediatrician was concerned that she was falling off the growth chart. She recommended Olivia see a neurologist at Seattle Children’s.
Olivia and her parents, Josh and Alisa, were referred to different specialists over the next six months. As time went on, Olivia began to complain of leg pain, and started showing signs of low endurance and a lack of coordination. After many referrals and tests, doctors determined a diagnosis: a rare genetic disorder called Morquio.
Morquio syndrome affects a child's bones and spine, organs and physical abilities. Children with this condition are missing or don't produce enough of the enzymes that break down sugar chains naturally produced in the body. Olivia’s condition requires a treatment plan with a weekly enzyme infusion. Her hospital visits are six hours long and out-of-pocket cost for her treatment would be nearly $30,000 every week - for the rest of her life. Thanks to incredible medical insurance, Josh and Alisa have been able to make sure Oliva gets the medical care she needs with minimal out of pocket costs.
Today, Olivia is an energetic third grader who has two surgeries and countless transfusions under her belt. She approaches everything in life with the mantra: “I can. And I WILL.” It’s this mantra that gets her through weekly infusions and has inspired her family to find a way to give back to Seattle Children’s and the patients and families it serves.
DAY OF SCHEDULE
Sunday, Oct 18th
10k race start
Awards for the 5k and 10k winners
5k race start
Kids dash starts for kids under 12
Kids dash starts for kids under 6
ABOUT THE RUN
The I Can And I Will Run will start and finish near the Green Lake Community Center and the baseball fields. This 3.1 mile course utilizes a section of the inner path of the trail as well as the roads around Green Lake. The 10K route will include Lower Woodland Park and the roads circling the Woodland Park Zoo and then reconnect with the 5K course.
Packet pickup will be at Super Jock 'N Jill the day before the race, as well as the morning of.
Walkers and strollers are welcome; please leave furry friends at home!
Interested in volunteering? We'd love your support!