It has been less than two months since 14-year-old Christian Orejuela received his life-saving heart transplant at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Prior to surgery, Christian had been hospitalized for several months with worsening cardiomyopathy, but to see him now, you’d never know he’d been sick at all.
It’s stories like this, of hope and triumph, that have come to symbolize why more than 7,000 people are expected to participate on February 25 in the ANF Group Tour de Broward, a fundraiser for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. Some see it as an opportunity to assist kids like Christian, who has been named the 2018 event’s ambassador, and their families to overcome the health challenges that threaten lives. Others just appreciate having a world-class pediatric hospital in their backyard, one that treats every patient, regardless of their ability to pay.
Whatever the reason, Miramar Regional Park will be where they’ll all gather the morning of Sunday, February 25, 2018, to cycle, run, walk, or play. The dollars raised during the 9th annual event will go toward pediatric facilities, programs and services at the children’s hospital, including a planned four-story expansion of the current facility.
“This is an opportunity for South Florida to assist our efforts to provide safe, high quality, cost-effective, patient and family-centered care,” said Memorial Healthcare System President & CEO Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE. “Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is positioned to be one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation and, with our community’s support, we’ll achieve that goal.”
Sponsored by ANF Group, Tour de Broward consists of 50 and 100K bicycle rides, a 5K timed run, 3K walk, and the “Power of Play Kid Zone,” a sports-themed, fun area for children 13 or younger. The 100K ride starts at 7:00 a.m., run at 8:00 a.m., and walk at 9:00 a.m.
Pre-registration and day-of-event registration fees range from $15-$50, depending on the event and sign-up date. Participants can register in advance until Saturday, February 24 (12:00 p.m.), at http://www.tourdebroward.com or at the park on the day of the event. For riders, there is an additional fundraising commitment, however, some exceptions apply. Please refer to “Event Information” on the Tour de Broward website.
The 2017 Tour de Broward raised more than $500,000, positively impacting more than 80,000 kids who required outpatient visits, surgery, admissions and observation stays during the year. In its eight-year history, the event has raised more than $3 million to aid the growth of Hollywood-based hospital, the largest pediatric facility serving Broward, Palm Beach, and northern Miami-Dade counties.
ABOUT JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (jdch.com)is part of the Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the nation. It is one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly environment, supervised by the largest diversity of board-certified specialists. As an advocate for children’s healthcare and related causes, the 226-bed facility also offers community education, child safety programs, and the Conine Clubhouse, a home away from home where families of hospitalized children can stay for free.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities, call (954) 265-7241. For general information about the event, call (954) 905-5633.