Thank you to DriveTime for sponsoring this post.

Lace up your running shoes and run for a good cause! DriveTime Used Cars, through DriveTime Charities, is sponsoring a series of 5K walk/runs in various locations across the United States, including in Philadelphia, on Sunday, October 25. Each locally organized run will be raising funds for selected recipients to receive a donation on behalf of all participants in the 5K. In the Philadelphia area, we’re running for Chloe Castile, a nine year old little girl who is feeding tube dependent, and suffers from hemihypertrophy and chronic asthma.

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Here is some of Chloe’s story, in her mother’s words:

“My daughter Chloe was diagnosed while still in utero. She had a mass growing out of her mouth which was attached to her spine. She was a preemie and had to have a tracheostomy before she was fully delivered. She spent 5 months in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has to be monitored full time to this day. She had her trachea taken out when she was four but is still having surgeries due to her birth complications. She was born without a palate and has had numerous surgeries to correct this. She has jaw, teeth and speech problems because of the mass.

Chloe has also had to have her ribs removed to rebuild her throat just this past June, and she will need to have follow up surgeries every 6 weeks. She has a very complicated history, which I can’t even begin to fit into 500 words. Considering the very, very grim outcome the doctors said she would have, I never gave up on her and she never gave up on herself. Chloe was born on my birthday so she was the miracle gift I needed.”

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At the end of the Philadelphia 5K, Chloe and her family will receive a donation from Drive Time Charities towards defraying their medical costs.

To make a donation to Drive Time 5K Fun Run, visit their Go Fund Me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/DriveTime5KFunRun/.

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