Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley will host the Dashing for Dylan Endurance Challenge, an annual fundraising event in memory of Dylan J. Hoffman, for the entire month of September. The Dashing for Dylan Challenge will support the families at Ronald McDonald House located at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY.
The Hoffman family of Wilton, CT, was one of the first families to stay at Ronald McDonald House when it first opened in 2011, shortly after the birth of their son Dylan. The Hoffman's stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for a total of 77 nights during three different stays over Dylan's very short life that lasted a little more than three years. Since his passing in 2014, the family continues to keep his memory alive and celebrate Dylan’s life by hosting this event, in conjunction with the House, in an effort to raise awareness and funds and continue to support families like theirs who require the services of Ronald McDonald House.
The month-long event, which launched September 1st, challenges participants to raise money and log miles while doing any activity, at any location and on any day for the month of September. Miles can be logged by walking, running, bike riding, skating, dancing or any kind of exercise. The goal for the Dashing for Dylan Challenge is to raise $100,000 and reach 3,650 miles in honor of Dylan’s 10th birthday this year and the House’s 10th anniversary.
A Family Fun Day celebration and grand finale of the month-long challenge will take place on September 26th at Crawford Park in Rye Brook. Families and participants can enjoy a fun filled day of kid centered and socially distant events. Throughout the month great incentives such as tickets for raffle baskets and grand prizes such as vacation packages will be awarded for the highest amount of money raised and miles logged. Participants can also purchase Dashing for Dylan gear like tee shirts, sweatshirts and masks.
“Every year we look forward to hosting this event and bringing the community together to honor Dylan’s memory and ensure we can continue to support families like the Hoffman’s.” said Christina Riley, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House. “The funds we raise truly make a difference in the lives of the families we serve so we encourage everyone to and get out there, have fun and join the challenge.”
All proceeds will support the families and children who call Ronald McDonald House home and all donations made are 100 percent tax deductible. To register or for more information visit www.rmh-ghv.org or https://www.facebook.com/rmhghv/