Supporting the Memorial Children’s Hospital
Memorial Children's Hospital is the official charity partner of Sunburst Races. Proceeds and donations from Sunburst go to support programs and services at the children's hospital. Past races have supported, amongst other things, the purchase of a new ambulance for Memorial Children’s Hospital and medical equipment needed on board.
Memorial Children’s Hospital, the region’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, welcomes and treats children with a wide variety of medical and surgical diagnoses from more than 29 referring hospitals throughout Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. The hospital is a 65-bed facility that includes 36 beds in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), 20 inpatient beds, and nine Pediatric Intensive Care Unit beds (PICU).
Charity Teams are Sunburst participants that run and raise funds to directly benefit the children at Memorial Children's Hospital. 100% of the money raised through Charity Teams goes directly to support the children at Memorial Children's Hospital. To register click here. To learn how to become a charity team runner with your registration, click here.
Proceeds and Sponsorship Dollars
As a regular Sunburst Races participant, the majority of your registration fee covers the cost of the race. Anything left over is donated to Memorial Children's Hospital. Additionally, 100% of sponsorship dollars are donated to the children's hospital. Visit our Sponsorships page to learn more about Sunburst Races sponsorship.
Medal Donation Program
The idea is simple enough, and the impact can be powerful. Many runners have collected medals from countless races over the years; often these medals just sit in a drawer somewhere collecting dust. Why not give one of those medals to a child who could use a little encouragement?
You can make a difference in the life of a child at Memorial Children’s Hospital. The medal donation program connects Sunburst Race runners with patients at Memorial Children’s Hospital in a very powerful way.
Each year, we ask runners to donate medals from prior races, not just Sunburst. We will have cards available so runners can write a brief inspirational note to the child who will receive the donated medal. It’s a really moving moment to see a child’s face light up when he or she sees the medal and hears words of encouragement from a runner.
Bring your old or new medals to the Sunburst registration tent on Friday between noon and 8 p.m. and to Notre Dame Stadium on race day until noon. Runners who choose to donate a medal will also be given a card to write a brief note of inspiration to the child that will receive the medal. We can’t tell you how excited many of these children are to receive such a thoughtful gift.
Donate to Memorial Children's Hospital
As a runner, you know that every mile counts. The same is true in the ambulance that transports children from distances near and far to Memorial Children’s Hospital. Every mile, every minute, and every second make a difference in the life of a child when he or she needs us.
Your donation will go towards the endowment fund for the Child Life Program at Memorial Children's Hospital. Child Life Specialists are trained to help children and their families manage and understand challenging life events and highly stressful medical experiences. Currently, Memorial Children's Hospital has two full-time and one part-time Child Life Specialist who help care for the thousands of children who are treated at Memorial Children's Hospital each year. Your generous donation will help assist Memorial in expanding the Child life Program into the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program and the Emergency Department.
Thank you for your support of Sunburst Races and Memorial Children’s Hospital. As you train for this year’s race, please know that your support matters to a lot of children and families in our community. For them, we say a heartfelt, “Thank You!”