The NEC Society has built a team of 19 runners to run the California International Marathon (CIM) in honor of babies impacted by necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)! The 26.2 mile race will raise awareness and funds for the NEC Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for babies at risk of NEC, a devastating intestinal disease.
Support the NEC CIM Running Team!
Each mile will be dedicated to a baby impacted by NEC. On race day, our NEC CIM runners will wear bracelets that carry the names of 26 babies impacted by NEC. The dedicated miles will honor families, as well as inspire runners with strength and perseverance.
Here’s how to dedicate a marathon mile in honor of a child impacted by NEC:
- Make a donation to the NEC Society
- Send us the child’s name, as you’d like it written on our race day bracelets
- Help us spread the word!
- Stay tuned to see our team shirts and progress!
Funds raised through the NEC CIM Running Team campaign will support the NEC Society’s Mapping Donor Milk project, which will build a comprehensive map of hospitals in the US that offer donor milk for medically fragile infants at risk of NEC. The goal of the Mapping Donor Milk project is to empower patient-families, clinicians, nonprofits, and policymakers with information that can help to improve outcomes for babies at risk of necrotizing enterocolitis. While mothers own milk (MOM) provides the most protective benefits to medically fragile infants at risk of NEC, pasteurized donor milk is the next best option when MOM is not available.
The California International Marathon will take place on Sunday, December 2nd. Our runners will begin in Folsom, CA and cross the finish line 26.2 miles later in Sacramento, CA. Jennifer Canvasser, the founder and director of the NEC Society, will also run the 2019 Boston Marathon in honor of babies impacted by necrotizing enterocolitis.
Thank you to our runners from the NEC Society, UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Evolve Biosystems who will run 26.2 miles in honor of these children impacted by necrotizing enterocolitis:
- Serenity Rose Rabidue
- Sarah Rose
- Colt Benedict
- Alessandra “peanut” Lopena
- Bennett and Connor
- Shannon and Erin
To see coverage from the NEC Society’s participation in the 2017 California International Marathon, visit: