Residents of Raleigh, S.C. laced up their running shoes on March 23 to go for a run with Chick-fil-A. The Capital Crossing and Falls Village locations hosted their second annual race in loving memory of Ella Newmiller, a young girl who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor when she was five years old. The funds raised in these races are donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and The Cure Starts Now Foundation – organizations dedicated to finding cures for pediatric cancer.
"For us it’s just a privilege to help the family find a cure,” said Operator Chris Latta. "We became so attached to Ella before she passed away.”
What started as a simple "Project If” fundraiser at Chick-fil-A for the Newmillers evolved into the first "Ella” race in 2012 where 900 people ran, including Ella’s young classmates. Sadly, she passed away a month before the first race in her honor. In 2012 they raised $10,000 for the cause, and this year’s goal is $20,000.
"I think people like to rally behind a cause or something they really believe in,” Marketing Director Lindsey Danforth says. Indeed, Latta noted that the emotion connected to this event is extraordinary, and they hope to host this race for years to come.
A Charitable Chick-fil-A
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