October 26th Fundraiser at Hudson Gardens Will Raise Funds to AllowMake-A-Wish® Colorado to Grant More Wishes
Having spent more than 15 years as a pediatric dialysis nurse, Anna Finger knows the powerful impact that Make-A-Wish can have on a family. Finger’s first experience with Make-A-Wish Colorado occurred when she was working at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her team helped make the arrangements for children who needed to receive dialysis treatments while on a wish trip. “It really warmed my heart when the families would share photos from their wish experience and everyone was smiling and having fun,” said Finger. Years later, Finger worked in the pediatric dialysis unit at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. She often provided dialysis treatments for wish kids who were visiting Walt Disney World Resort and again felt the happiness the children received from their wish.
Earlier this year, Finger decided to pursue a wish of her own and moved back to Colorado to open a doggie daycare. Barks On Broadway Doggie Daycare provides a fun and safe place for dogs to play with both canine and human friends while their families are at work and school. And, because Finger understands that professions like healthcare require long hours, Barks on Broadway is open each evening until 8:00 pm, half days on Saturdays and offers overnight care.
When Finger learned about the upcoming Walk For Wishes & 5K Run benefitting Make-A-Wish Colorado, she saw the opportunity to utilize her business to help the organization she so passionately supports and signed up as the presenting sponsor. The third annual Walk For Wishes & 5K presented by Barks On Broadway Doggie Daycare takes place on October 26 at Hudson Gardens and will bring together more than 600 community members and wish families. Finger is excited to be involved with Make-A-Wish from a different perspective saying, “I’ve seen the joy that wishes bring and now my business gets to play a role in making sure those wishes get granted to even more children.”
Walk For Wishes & 5K Run presented by Barks On Broadway Doggie Daycare is a family-friendly event featuring activities for all ages. The event includes a free kids fun run, a 5K walk/run and a 1-mile family fun run. Walkers and runners will be cheered on by superheroes, princesses and other costumed characters along the course. There’s also a Family Fun Zone with face painting, yard games, arts and crafts, a youth drum group, music and more. Families, friends and coworkers are encouraged to form fundraising teams, with the goal to raise $110,000. Online registration, which includes a Walk For Wishes t-shirt ($35 for adult runners/walkers and $25 for youth runners/walkers) is open now at www.walkfor
Additional sponsors of the 2019 Walk For Wishes & 5K Run include CBS4, Charles Schwab Foundation, Honnen Equipment, Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, Planet Granite, US Bank, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, TAKRAF Tenova, Cardel Homes, Moneytree Inc., Chi Omega Denver Alumnae, Full Passage, IGE, Walgreens, Alpine Bank, Ed & Ashley Brown, Brian Sullivan, Air1 Radio, Colorado Kids, Papa John’s Pizza, Simons Pediatric Dentistry, Harrington Brewster Mahoney Smits, Fast Signs, Chick-fil-A and Main Event Entertainment.
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Colorado, or the 2019 Walk For Wishes & 5K Run, call 303.750.9474 (WISH) or visit www.colorado.wish.org.
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