Windy City Angels - Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Hadlee Hoeksema
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $2,500.00

My Message

Hey guys!

I am running in the 2019 Chicago Marathon with the Windy City Angels and I need YOUR help! The Windy City Angels are a team of crazy people (because you have to be crazy to run 26.2 miles, right?) raising awareness and support for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. I am asking for your support to help raise $2,500 dollars to donate to the foundation to continue their research and support for individuals all around with Angelman Syndrome. 

A little bit about me: Since I could walk, I have always had a love for sports and competition. I grew up playing and competing in multiple different sports which has helped shape me into who I am today. When I went to college, I decided that it was time to hang up the jerseys and focus primarily on school. To keep myself active and competitive, I started running. I have been running for about 5 years and have learned so much about who I am throughout this journey. I have ran two half-marathons and this will be the first time that I run a full marathon. I CAN'T WAIT! 
Who I am running for: I am running for my oldest brother, Tyler. He is 30 years old and was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome when he was 10 months old. Since he was diagnosed, my parents have devoted their lives to making sure Tyler gets the same opportunities as everyone else. My other brother and I were taught at a young age to treat Tyler and anyone with special needs with the same love, kindness, and respect you would treat yourself. Tyler was treated no different in our family, and I think that has been the most valuable lesson I could have possibly learned: treat others the way that you want to be treated. Tyler may have "special needs" but he is still a human, he still has human thoughts, human feelings, and human wants--he might just express them a little differently than you and me. Anyone who knows and meets Tyler knows that he radiates pure joy and love. Despite his inability to talk and take care of his daily needs, he shows his love for God, life, and others through his actions and without saying a single word. He is my inspiration to become the best person that I can possibly be, and he inspires me and so many others each and everyday. He is the reason why I am going to be a crazy person and run 26.2 miles. 
Thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout this journey! I couldn't do any of this without YOU! If you want to learn more about Angelman Syndrome, check out the Angelman Syndrome Foundation website. 
Bank of America Chicago Marathon

My Team

%TeamName% is affiliated with %CorporateTeamName%

My Supporters (22)

Hadlee Hoeksema left a message
Jul 19, 2019 2:07 PM
Thank you so much for all of kind words and donations!
Peter Patterson donated $50.00
Jul 19, 2019 1:00 AM
Kelly Sparks-Stauffer left a message
Apr 30, 2019 7:28 AM
Run Hadlee Run! =)
Kelly Sparks-Stauffer donated $242.00
Apr 30, 2019 7:24 AM
David and Karen Egelkraut donated $400.00
Apr 10, 2019 2:03 PM
T-Shirt Fundraising donated $233.00
Mar 14, 2019 9:19 AM
Jim and Janet Black donated $100.00
Mar 8, 2019 11:30 AM
Rich and Margo Moore donated $200.00
Feb 21, 2019 1:36 PM
Teammate Lisa left a message
Jan 18, 2019 11:47 AM
Hi Hadlee! Wishing you a healthy and successful training season...See you in October!
Ben Hoeksema donated $40.00
Dec 11, 2018 1:25 PM
Kelly & Sandy Sparks-Stauffer donated $500.00
Nov 27, 2018 12:00 AM
Bob and June Laskowski donated $100.00
Nov 25, 2018 4:39 PM
Becca Snyder donated $25.00
Nov 17, 2018 8:02 AM
Doug and Angela Telfer donated $50.00
Nov 11, 2018 11:43 AM
Jason M donated $25.00
Nov 9, 2018 9:21 AM
Angelman Syndrome Foundation donated $300.00
Nov 9, 2018 12:00 AM
Anthony donated $25.00
Nov 8, 2018 7:48 PM
Majerle & Joey Neal donated $100.00
Nov 8, 2018 3:57 PM
Donn Pummell donated $50.00
Nov 8, 2018 9:51 AM
Everyday Better Initiative donated $60.00
Nov 8, 2018 9:29 AM
Allie Baird donated $25.00
Nov 8, 2018 9:17 AM
Michelle Baird donated $25.00
Nov 8, 2018 8:36 AM