It’s About the Kids.

It’s About the Kids.

On September 13, over 10,000 runners and walkers converged on the Marquette University campus in downtown Milwaukee, WI to participate in one of the largest charity run / walks in the Midwest. Brigg’s & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital is celebrating its 37th year, and Tricom Funding is proud to be a Team Sponsor.

Tricom first began its association with Al’s Run back in 1995, when we had our first corporate team. We started with less than a dozen Tricom team members, but over the years, we’ve had nearly 10,000 team members and raised over $650,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. We went from participants, to Water Station Sponsor, to Bib Sponsor, and in the last several years we’ve been a Team Sponsor. This year, we had over 400 registered team members and 95% of our staff pledged to walk or run in the event.

The late Al McGuire, Marquette University’s men’s basketball coach from 1964 to 1977, National Championship coach, and Hall of Famer, founded Al’s Run in 1978. Over the last 37 years, Al’s Run has raised over $14 million to fund medical care, research and education for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, one of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S.

For the last 19 years, Tricom has proudly participated in the event and encouraged our employees to get involved as well. In 2013, the Tricom Funding team was the top fundraising team, raising $34,216.38. Tricom Funding matches dollar for dollar the first $20,000 in pledges and donates $20 for every registration under the Tricom team. We also host a number of fundraising efforts throughout the year with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

This August, Tricom hosted a new event, Cheers for Children’s. The day-long event included a softball and volleyball tournament with nine softball and 14 volleyball teams, a silent auction, food, live music and more. It was a great day of celebration and fun resulting in over $5,600 being raised for Children’s Hospital. It was also a great way to kick of the final pledge drive for this year’s Al’s Run and encourage even more signups for the Tricom Funding team.

Over the years, this has become a deeply personal event for many of the Tricom Funding staff. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation, and many staff members have either had their own personal experiences with the amazing work Children’s Hospital does, or know someone who has.

Each year, the names and signatures of children who are facing their own challenges at Children’s Hospital are included on the back of the Tricom Funding team event t-shirts. Last year, one of these kids was Austin J.

Austin has a genetic condition called cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis, or CF for short, is chronic illness that produces a thick sticky mucus in his respiratory system, digestive system, and reproductive system. CF affects about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S.

Austin does breathing treatments with chest percussions at least twice a day, he takes special vitamins, an antacid, and nearly twenty pancreatic enzymes to aid in the digestion of his meals. He also does a couple of nasal sprays a day, and he needs to be very careful not to catch colds because they can lead to lung infections.

Austin is an energetic, very loving, happy two-year old. He enjoys playing outside, going for walks, having fun at tumbling, and being with his family and friends. Austin loves to look at books, listen to music, watch Sid the Science Kid, and cheer on the Milwaukee Brewers. Although Austin's day requires a strict routine of treatments and medicines, he remains a very happy, funny little boy. He continues to smile and laugh and make those around him do the same. Austin does what he needs to do, and he always does it with a smile. He truly is an inspiration.

Austin was one of our more recent Champions. Also included on our team t-shirts are the names and signatures of our “angels.” These are children who are no longer with us, but who continue to inspire the team year after year.

Tricom Funding walks in honor of these children and of all the other children and their families who come to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for treatment, care, and support.

We invite you to support the Tricom team by making a pledge on our fundraising page.