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.
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…)
Alex Lane and Jeremy Sanders placed second in the two-man relay at the Battlefield Half in Winchester, VA, on November 7th, 2015. They donated $200 of their winnings to The Lucas Fund and the babies at the University of Virginia Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
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.
I am proud to have a group of runners in the Richmond Marathon on Saturday, November 14th, 2015, representing the Lucas Fund and honoring my first son, Lucas Carson Sanders. I consider these runners great friends and dedicated athletes. Several of which I have helped to train for the past few months to meet their goal at this event. I will be in Richmond to cheer them on and share in their persuit of personal accomplishment. Most importantly, Jen and I will be there to thank them for supporting the charity that helps babies and families at the University of Virginia Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. So, let me introduce you to Team For Lucas – Richmond 2015. (more…)