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Digesting the Ironman
Meet Jordan (the little boy smiling at you to the right). He's 6 years old, loves Cincinnati Red's baseball more than anything, loves playing any kind of game, and loves shooting health care staff (especially nurses) with Nerf guns. Sounds like almost every 6 year old right? Well, Jordan also has a condition called Short Gut Syndrome. This disease has put him through 87 surgical procedures, multiple ICU stays, and kept him in the hospital four years out of his six. He gives me hope, and if he's doing the same for you keep reading.

My name is Chris and I've been a registered nurse (RN) for 6 years. The majority of that time has been spent at the bedside in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Throughout my career I've seen families struggle to make ends meet. These families not only have to be strong for their child but they also have to find ways to support other family members, cover meals, lodging, transportation, etc... This can be a major financial and emotional strain, one that unfortunately comes with the territory of having a sick child. Some hospital units have allocated money that is designated to help families with this burden. It is funded through generous donations and gifts. The Gastrointestinal (GI) and Organ Transplant units on A4 North/South treat a lot of children, like Jordan, with Short Gut Syndrome and other GI disorders. They do not have this resource. I want to change that.

On January 10th, 2015 I started training for 2 iron distance races. The first is the American Triple T in Portsmouth, OH. It's 4 triathlons in 3 days (May 15th-17th) that amounts to 140.6 miles. This race is a team event that includes my training partner and best friend Kenny. The second is an individual Ironman in the Muskoka region of Canada; also 140.6 miles, but in one day (August 30th). One of the many things children like Jordan have taught me over the years is to never give up. They exude more strength, determination, and spirit in one day than I could hope to portray in a lifetime. I can't walk in their shoes and I can't make their pain go away but I can try my best to show that ANYTHING is possible. There will be times where I want to quit and there will be hardships along the way, but if we can provide one free meal or one free nights stay to a family in need I will consider this a worthy effort. What do you say?

Follow my blog as I document the ins and outs of my training:

All the money raised here will go towards a "family assistance fund" on the A4 North/South units. If you would like to write a check please make it out to Cincinnati Children's with a note stating you are donating to this Giving Hope fundraiser. Address is below:

Attn: Megan Boesing
3333 Burnet Avenue / MLC 9002
Cincinnati, OH 45229



9/3/2015We are extremely proud of you dedicating your time sweat and tears to help families like us. Jordan was with you as you crossed the finish line and will continue to be with you kelly and the baby. We love you thanks for everythingJacquline Teegarden/Jordan Wolfe
5/20/2015First race down!! WE did well and it feels great to have completed such a difficult challenge. Still 15 weeks to go until Muskoka. Let's keep it going!!Chris Kramer
4/5/2015Yay Kramer!Lizzy & Tyler
3/31/2015Wow team!! We've raised over $2,000! Incredible effort and thanks so much to everyone. Keep it up!Chris Kramer
3/13/2015Chris - you are truly an inspiration to everyone. I'm so very proud of you and your accomplishments. My prayers will be sent to give you strength along your journeys in the iron races. Thank you for your knowledge and devotion you give to the children at the hospital.Mary Bell
3/13/2015Chris good luck with your training and the IronMan. Glad I could be part of your fund raising effort.Phyllis Beck
3/13/2015Some people in this life are special and bring forth extra light- you are one of them, Chris! I've walked in these shoes and know the difference it makes- thank you for caring for the children and families.Margie Hubert
3/13/2015Chris, you are such a passionate spirit & I'm so proud of you for all that you do in your life! Love you!Lauren Schmidt
3/13/2015Wow, what a great first day! I'm blown away and just want to say thanks to everyone that has supported the cause thus far. Let's keep it going!Chris Kramer
3/11/2015Chris you are such an amazing person and you have touched Jordan's life in so may ways. You will always be his favorite!Juanita Teegarden
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