Why I Run for Advocate

By: Ruth Durband, Patient Relations Representative at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Published on March 06, 2015

Advocate’s Inspired to Run Charity Team

For pretty much my entire life, fitness and a healthy lifestyle—mainly staying active and being mindful of healthy nutritional habits—have been important to me. Like many high school and college-age students, I played sports. After that point, I was a fitness professional for years and running was part of my regular routine.

It wasn’t until the last few years that I began running half-marathons and marathons. I found that setting a goal and training toward it instilled the discipline I needed to take on such a huge endeavor. However, I quickly realized that despite staying fit, being healthy and running—all personally fantastic accomplishments—there was a key component missing for me.

As a health care professional, I wanted to have more of an impact on the people I have the privilege of helping every day. When I had the opportunity to be part of Advocate’s Inspired to Run Charity Team, I was excited that I would be able to take something that I love doing—running—and use it in a way to help others.

My first year on the Inspired to Run Team, I was uncertain about what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to raise the funds. And now, this is my third year. I have done the Chicago Marathon, Magnificent Mile Half-Marathon and the Shamrock Shuffle, and I have met some of the most amazing and inspiring people along the way. I have raised funds by sharing not only my own story, but also stories of how Advocate Health Care has helped patients heal.

As part of the Inspired to Run Team I couldn’t be happier that I can choose to designate the funds I raise to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s modernization project. I live in the community and I am truly thankful that I get to work at such a remarkable place. I am excited and inspired to keep running in support of my hospital.

I invite you to join me and the Inspired to Run Charity Team for the Shamrock Shuffle on March 29 or the Chicago Marathon on October 11, and support an Advocate hospital or program that is important to you. I promise you will be glad that you did!