On Sunday morning, Harris and his extended family took part in Sinai's seventh annual Race for Our Kids. The family met up with pediatric
It turned out to be a family gathering — of wives, siblings, aunts, cousins, children, siblings and children. Sean Sr. said even some of his co-workers showed up to take part in the event. Both families said that the event gives each an opportunity to see the other outside of a traditional hospital setting.
"They want to be here, they don't have to be here," said Sean Harris Sr., who said his son is getting better. "It shows that they support and that they care about what they're doing and that they're concerned."
Sinai officials said about 1,000 people participated in the event, which awarded $7,500 in prizes to top finishers in the 10K race.
"We tell the runners that for every step they take think about the kids," said Andrew Levine, race chairman. "There are a lot of kids who can't run who would love to run, and we're doing it for them." He became involved with the hospital about seven years ago as it successfully treated his then 12-year-old daughter Danielle for
Unguru said that such races give families with similar experiences opportunities to share their stories. He delighted in getting to know the extended family of the three-year-old he's currently treating.
"I hadn't met many of those people," said Unguru. "It's really neat. It's a way that they can appreciate us in another light, and vice versa. We're not just the person with the stethoscope or the blood drawer or the doctor or the nurse. It's important for me also for my children and my wife see some of the families that we care for."
Some Sinai rehabilitation staffers like associate Jean Senior and social worker Kerry Riggs participated in part to commemorate National Rehabilitation Week.
Julian Cohen of
David Doy of Owings Mills and his family made the event a Sunday outing. "We had an incident with our daughter, Leah, two years ago and it was quite a scare as far as the possibility of
"For us it hits home a reality," Doy said. "We try to make it a family event and we try to get the kids to understand that they have a lot of blessings and it's good to give back."