Participants in the 31-Day Challenge often have a very personal reason for getting involved and fundraising for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Read their stories and consider how you can make a difference to young patients.

Jackie’s Story

“When the Daisy Days 31-Day Challenge fundraiser came to my email, I jumped at the chance to do something to give back to CHOP,” says Jackie Scheidel, whose son Thomas and daughter Joanna were both treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“It was not easy to fit 100 miles around the busy lives of our six active kids,” she says. “When it got complicated, I just thought of the ECMO techs working to keep clots from causing a stroke, the nurses who calmly and quickly helped us keep things positive, and the doctors who kept looking for answers. It made running to the baseball game while my family drove in air conditioning a lot easier when I remembered the effort they give every day!

“These doctors, these nurses, this Hospital kept our family whole. Not a day goes by that I see my two youngest kids and am overwhelmed with gratitude to the Hospital that first gave us hope — then gave us a chance.”

Jessica’s Story

“We will forever be grateful to all the doctors and nurses who took such amazing care of our little boy. They are our heroes,” says Jessica Peters, whose son Owen was treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “When #31Days4CHOP came around, I wanted to participate to raise awareness of the extraordinary things happening at CHOP.

“Over the course of the 31 days of May our whole family joined in to participate, whether it was running with me, walking, or riding a bike. In the end, our family and friends helped us raise more than $600 and — with the help and encouragement of Owen, my daughter Anna, and my husband James — I logged more than 100 miles.

“We can’t wait to participate in events like this in the future to raise awareness for kids like Owen and families like ours.”