Hello Mitchell's Magic Participants! My name is Lauren and I am Mitchell's older sister. I am super excited that my mom passed the torch to me as the team captain this year. I hope that during the 2018 Red Balloon fundraising process and 5k we are able to make incredible memories together as a team.
This is our SIXTH YEAR to get together as team MITCHELL'S MAGIC and support this great cause! I would personally like to thank all of our "veterans" for returning and I am super excited to welcome our new team members.
Mitchell's Magic was formed to honor my BABY BROTHER, Mitchell who will be 14 years old at the time of the Red Balloon Run & Ride. Oh my goodness, does time fly! He was born with a congenital brain tumor, has survived chemotherapy, and countless surgeries. He struggles with left sided hemiparesis (weakness) as a result of hemorrhaging after his brain tumor removal when he was just 6 days old. About 6 and a half years ago, Mitchell had surgery to release the contractures (strong scar tissue) that were causing him to walk with a limp and up on his left toe. After six months of hard work, 3 casts, a leg brace, and hours and hours of physical therapy and rehab, not only was Mitchell able to walk like his friends, he celebrated by running his first 5K Race with his very own team!! And now, years later, it is an annual tradition with friends, family, and our parent's coworkers! Mitchell is now in middle school and just completed his first year running cross country with Carroll Middle School. GO DRAGONS!
All of the donations that are earned by our team will again go to the amazing physical and occupational therapists at Children's Health that continue to work with Mitchell weekly to stay strong enough to run this race again!!
As part of our fundraising efforts, we will once again be selling Mitchell's Magic t-shirts. This year's shirt will be lime green with royal blue lettering. The shirts will be $20 each, with 50% of the price going to our fundraising efforts. To order your 2018 Mitchell's Magic team shirt, please contact me, Lauren Bowen, at 214-326-9015 via call or text and I will place the order for you. Shirts will be delivered to you on race day.