Ben, Why do you race for Eleonore Rocks?
This will be my second season racing for ER. The first year I signed up mostly because it was a charity team based in/around Central Ohio, an area I consider my second home. After learning about the charity throughout the year, and feeling like I was making a difference, I was excited to come back. Then, my niece had her daughter at a hospital in Toledo, and her birthing suite had an ER rocking chair in it, and I was sold for sure. There's so much to be said about making things better for families with a new baby, especially if they're unfortunate enough to be dealing with a serious illness or health issue in their little one.
Rachelle, why do you want to race for Eleonore Rocks?
I first heard of Eleonore Rocks through my husband, Ben Berry, who was a team member this past year. I love racing in triathlons and if I can support a charity while doing so, all the better. As someone who works in a medical profession, I like to support charitable causes that relate to health care, especially children. I had my fair share of hospital visits as a child, and even a three day stay seemed like an eternity. I can't imagine what it would be like to be there for longer, or even worse, as a parent of a child that has to be hospitalized. I think it is important for charities like Eleonore Rocks to help make those hospital stays as comfortable as they can be. Plus, I have already seen the effects of Eleonore Rocks when my niece had her baby a month ago, and there was an Eleonore Rocks chair in her birthing suite.