For Lucas 10×10 – Take the Challenge!

For Lucas 10×10 – Take the Challenge!

HERE WE GO AGAIN! The For Lucas 10x10 Challenge is back! Are you ready to challenge yourself? Do you find helping others to be a source of motivation? Then the 10x10 challenge is for you!


Lucas would have been 15 years old on September 18, 2019. He will live forever in our hearts. To learn more about Lucas, visit


The Challenge:

In the month of September 2019, participants must run, walk, bike or jog 10 miles per day for 10 straight days. 

100 miles in 10 days is no easy task. And that task should not go unrewarded.

There will be prizes –
And not just for runners!

You will be entered into a drawing with other 10x10 finishers for cool prizes.
AND you get a cool tee shirt to commemorate the achievement.
See details below for contest rules.

A special prize will be awarded to the participant that raises the most money for the Lucas Fund.
Click here for details on how to set up your own donation page.

Help spread the word! There will be a drawing for prizes just for helping to get the word out about the contest.
Follow Running Dad on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and INSTAGRAM.
Tag #ForLucas10x10 on your social media posts so I can find you and keep track.


Successfully complete the 10x10 Challenge and you receive a high quality “For Lucas 10x10 Challenge” tee shirt. You will also get a frameable certificate to hang on your wall that proudly proclaims your feat of endurance. The rules:

  • Run, walk or jog 10 miles per day for 10 straight days starting within the month of September, 2019.
  • If you miss a day, you must start over again.
  • You may break your daily 10 miles into several logged activities per day.
  • You must “Like” Facebook page and share your daily run on the Running Dad Facebook page. You can use the activity tracked on a site like Runkeeper, Strava, Nike, Garmin Connect, etc. or a photo of your sports GPS watch. Include the hashtag #ForLucas10x10.
  • You must share your “For Lucas 10x10 Challenge” posts on your personal Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ForLucas10x10.
  • To receive a t-shirt and certificate, you must successfully complete the challenge. All submissions will be reviewed for authenticity.
  • You can win prizes for sharing the contest and raising money as well!
A New Goal For Lucas – Helping to Keep Memories Alive

A New Goal For Lucas – Helping to Keep Memories Alive

As most of you know, I donate $1 for each mile I run to the University of Virginia Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I started doing this about 7 years ago as a way to help other families that are going through what my wife, Jen, and I went through when we lost Lucas shortly after he was born.

We set a goal of $50,000 and hit that number in May of 2018! Thank you to all who helped us get there. We can’t express our gratitude enough to each of you.

Once we hit the goal, it was like, “So what’s next?” Jen and I thought about what to focus on to help more families. In the big scheme of things, our $50,000 that we raised is kind of a little drop in a big bucket. We wanted to keep helping the UVA NICU, so we met with their fundraising director. Together, we came up with the idea to focus on a more specific need at the hospital.

Our new goal is to raise $30,000 over the next three years for the benefit of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s Bereavement Program. The Bereavement Program will use these funds to help emotionally console families with items such as hand and foot molds, memory boxes, offsetting funeral costs, and photography.

Personally, I think the moment that we packed everything we had of Lucas’ up (locks of hair, hospital bracelet, photos of us holding him after he passed) into a small heart shaped box to take home, and that he was not coming with us, was the hardest moment of my entire life. It became real. And that little box means more to me than anyone can understand.

We want families to have memories to take home, even if they are not taking home their child that they dreamed and prayed for. And with this program, the funds are going to be more specifically directed.

Once again, from both Jen and myself, thank you to everyone that has contributed over the years. Future donations will go to families who just need something to hold onto when they are hurting in their hearts.

Exciting News! Helping Babies and Their Families Since 2004

Exciting News! Helping Babies and Their Families Since 2004

If you have been on the For Lucas Fund FirstGiving donation page, you will see we are right on the cusp of $25,000. I was very excited about this, so I reached out to UVa to see if we could do some joint marketing to take it to the next level. It turns out that not all of the donations received have been recorded to the FirstGiving page. We have currently over $32,000 raised for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit! WOW! Thank you to all that have helped along the way! It really means a lot to our entire family! (more…)

#50ForLucas Winners!

#50ForLucas Winners!


Winners have been drawn! You challenged yourself and set a new goal! You did it for Lucas and spread the word about The Lucas Fund and how it helps babies and families at the University of Virginia Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Thank you so much for participating! Winners will be contacted by email.