Heather Kelley's 2021 Chicago Marathon Fundraiser

On October 10, 2021, I am running the Chicago Marathon (26.2 miles)! It will be my 3rd marathon. I will be raising money for The Cradle, a local adoption agency in Evanston, IL. Our family has been blessed by adoption and we are grateful for The Cradle. We adopted our son, Will, on April 4, 2013 from The Cradle and he spent close to 5 weeks after his birth at the on-site nursery in Evanston.  

Renowned as one of the foremost adoption agencies in the country since opening in 1923, The Cradle has found forever homes for more than 16,000 children. The Cradle provides lifelong support for all who are touched by adoption -- adopted persons, birth parents, and adoptive parents.

The Cradle is the only adoption agency in the country with an on-site nursery. It's a safe, neutral place for infants to stay while their parents take the time they need to decide if adoption will be the plan for this child.  

Your donation can make the biggest difference in the lives of adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive families. Here are some examples of how your donation can help:

$25 - one day of diapers
$50 - cost of transportation (including staff, gas, etc.) to pick up a baby from the hospital
$100 - supporting affordable adoption for African American babies through the Sayers Center
$250 - cost of one day of care for a baby in the nursery waiting to be placed
$600 - medical evaluations for 2 Cradle babies
$1,000 - ten weeks of gas, insurance, and maintenance for Cradle van
$2,000 - Nursery Angel - sponsor operations of the Cradle’s on-site nursery for 1 day
Any amount can make a difference!

The Cradle has given my family so much joy and I feel that this is a small way I can give back. My family and I thank you for your donation and for all of your love and support!

Heather Kelley