On November 5, hundreds of community members laced up their running shoes and made their way to Uptown Charlotte for the 27th Annual Hopebuilders 5K. For the first time, the signature fundraising event for Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital welcomed participants inside Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights. After two years apart, corporate and community fundraisers had a renewed spirit of hope and commitment to the patient families and teammates at Levine Children’s.

“It is a true honor to know that we have a community rallying around us,” shared Callie Dobbins, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Enterprise Senior Vice President at Atrium Health Levine Children’s. “I am amazed to see people come back year after year. Their children are growing, our patients get stronger, and every dollar we raise goes back to the hospital in ways that save lives and help children have hope.”

Many Levine Children’s department-led teams came out to show their support, including the Kidney Krusaders, Rheumatology Rockstars, Family Futures, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Superstars, LCH 5, LCH 10, and the Patient Experience Team. At the event, Family Futures was recognized as the top community fundraising team, while Barings was named the top corporate fundraising team. Dr. Ashley Chadha secured the top individual fundraiser award, helping to raise vital funds for the pediatric pulmonology department. 

“We are thrilled to support this event year after year to advance pulmonary care for children in the Charlotte community,” shared Dr. Dennis Schellhase, Cystic Fibrosis Program Director at Atrium Health Levine Children’s and team captain of the Pulmonary Superheroes. “With funds raised through the Hopebuilders 5K, we have been able to recruit a world-class care team at Levine Children’s Hospital and continue to be ranked a “Best Children’s Hospital” for pulmonology and lung surgery by U.S. News & World Report. We are even home to a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care center – one of select facilities across the country to be given this distinction.” 

Nearly three decades after its inception, the Hopebuilders 5K continues to be a beacon of hope for families in the region, thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors and community members. This year, it surpassed a new milestone, providing over $3 million in philanthropic support to date for care advancements at Levine Children’s. 

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