Denali Dash 2017 - Making an Impact at Seattle Children's Hospital
I feel a great sense of pride as I reflect on all the wonderful milestones we achieved at this year's Denali Dash event. The 4th annual Denali Dash was held on a picturesque Saturday morning on September 9th and featured a record breaking turnout of more than 600 attendees who collectively raised $75,000 to support the groundbreaking research and care at Seattle Children's Hospital!
It was inspiring to see so many new faces among the hundreds of loyal supporters who helped us grow this event each year. One of my favorite Denali Dash traditions is the opening performance by Seahawk Blue Thunder. The drumbeat of the Seattle Seahawks and the 12th Man has been a staple at the Denali Dash and they got the day started with a bang with a rousing performance. Check out our recap video below to get an idea of what it's like to attend the Denali Dash.
Denali Dash 2017 Quick Facts:
- Location: Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA
- 600 attendees
- Seahawk Blue Thunder
- Live Music: School of Rock, Hit Explosion
- 5K timed run, 1K fun run for kids
- Balloons & face painting
- Delicious food trucks & beer/wine garden
- Fantastic giveaways
- Event hashtag: #DenaliDash
making an impact
Special guests Lee'or, Wendy and Sadie Rutenberg gave attendees a firsthand look at how Seattle Children's Hospital is making miracles happen as they shared their personal story in front of sold-out Denali Dash crowd. They will be forever grateful for the miracle of life that the doctors and nurses of Seattle Children's Hospital gave their daughter Sadie – the first child in the US HALO IDE trial to receive the smallest mechanical heart valve in the world.
"We spent six months at Children's Hospital waiting for her to get that valve," says Lee'or Rutenberg of the painful ordeal leading up to the surgery. "Those people became our family. They were there for us every single day. They welcomed us. They took care of us. They hugged us. They cried with us." It's stories like these and that of the amazing Sienna Braun (last year's Denali Dash special patient guest) that make supporting Seattle Children's such an easy choice.
I had the privilege of spending some time with Rob Dorsey, Vice President of Sales at BlueStar US - one of Denali's premier business partners and longtime Denali Dash sponsor. I was blown away by Rob's passion for giving back and how he sees Denali CEO Majdi Daher as a mentor in helping him grow his philanthropic ambitions back home. It dawned on me that the impact of the Denali Dash was much more than monetary (although that is crucial) and by raising awareness for these important causes and providing a template for giving back we are empowering the next generation of community-minded citizens.
I also really enjoyed my conversations with Kira Haller, Director of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals as she shared the many ways funds raised at the event will help support the various programs at Seattle Children's. From the remarkable pediatric care that the Rutenberg's experienced to the extraordinary genomic advances and permanent cures that will one day soon happen at Building Cure, every dollar raised is another chance at hope.
THANK YOU - SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
Denali was also recently featured in CRN Magazine. CRN covered the Denali Dash and also did an in-depth Q&A interview with our CEO Majdi Daher. Special thanks to CRN's Steve Burke for always making giving back and supporting the community an integral part of your coverage at The Channel Company. I would also like to thank our generous community and business partners for your commitment and support. Last but not least, to our incredible runners, attendees, emotional supporters, food truck aficionados and employee volunteers... THANK YOU! We couldn't have done it without you and we look forward to seeing you next year.