The Bange Family is all set to host their 5th annual "Cross the Finish Line for Caroline", a 5K/Fun Run in honor of their daughter Caroline, on March 7, 2015, in Bossier City, Louisiana. All of the proceeds benefit the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation.
Cross the Finish Line for Caroline is more than just a fundraiser event-it has consistently been the largest single fundraising event for the Foundation, raising more than $80,000 over the past four years.
Just as impressive is the story behind the race. Like many of us, Wesley and Jennie Bange felt lost when Caroline was first diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz. Little was known about this rare genetic condition and only a few individuals had been diagnosed. So they set out to learn as much as they could, searched for the best possible medical care, and connected with other families. But they did not stop there.
The Banges took it upon themselves to raise funds that would help advance research, understanding, and awareness of Loeys-Dietz. They envisioned a fundraiser, planned out all the logistical details, rallied family and friends to help out, and put on their first race in 2010. The response from their community was beyond remarkable-the Banges aimed for $5,000 and raised $19,000 that year!
Beyond the actual race, Wesley Bange has been generously contributing his time and talents as an active Board member of the LDSF. And Wesley and Jennie have both been engaging mentors to other families who have taken on fundraisers.
As race day approaches, we hope you join the Banges. If not in Bossier City, then in their tireless spirit in racing towards a better day for patients living with Loeys-Dietz!