RE/MAX Role Models: Virginia Beach Angel Run 5K
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia, November 20, 2018 –The Child Life program is particularly close to this RE/MAX team, where actions show that they treat and support each other as family.
To honor their colleague and friend’s personal experience, the Steve Doll Team, or Team Norah as they call themselves, came out to take part in the 2nd annual local non-profit Kennedy’s Angel Gowns 5K Run/Walk, held on October 14th this year. Dressed in matching purple t-shirts with Baby Norah’s footprints, this team of 26 strong included past and present associates along with family and friends, all coming together to show their love and support of not only Susan and Ed McLean, but ALL the families and friends touched by similar tragedies. This event honors Angel Babies gone too soon while raising awareness for pregnancy, infant loss, and infertility. Everything was planned out, including symbolically starting at 10:15 AM, recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on 10/15.
Team Leader, and The Steve Doll Team Office Manager, Susan McLean shared “This is the 2nd year we have participated in the Angel 5K, it is a great way to celebrate the memory of our Angel Baby as well as support a great cause, giving assistance to families going through similar situations.” When asked to share about how her office got so involved, she explained, “I feel so blessed to work everyday with teammates who I also consider as good friends. We are always there to support each other both professionally and personally.” Now that’s the epitome of teamwork.
“It was a priority for all of us to be there.” As team member and colleague Ann Raymond described, “Members from The Steve Doll Team, both past and present, came out to show our support and love for our friends, Susan and Ed. We all wore our purple t-shirts with a photo of Norah’s footprints. It was a beautiful and moving sight to see so many purple t-shirts and beyond that, a sea of faces there to support and walk for loved ones.” Even those who were not previously familiar with the organization’s cause and goals came out in force to show their support for their loved ones.
Although this organization’s initial concept began by repurposing wedding gowns into beautiful burial gowns, vests, and ties for little ones, their primary focus this year is to expand their services by raising funds to purchase and donate “Cuddle Cot” devices from England to Sentara Hospitals in Hampton Roads. “Cuddle Cots” give the ‘gift of time’ so grieving parents can spend more time with their stillborn children. This new organization starting in just 2016 has already had great success, supplying Hampton Roads’ first two Cuddle Cots to Sentara. They accept wedding gown donations and would love to hear from you regarding other volunteer opportunities, including their group sew days and their annual gala.
This RE/MAX office truly proves that they are actively engaged and remain consistent with their stated mission “To be the Hampton Roads real estate leader, achieving our goals by helping others achieve theirs. Everybody wins.” The agents and staff at this office actively support 24+ causes and have deep connections in the local community. Joining a team or an office can be a fulfilling lifestyle where you are involved and support the community- this is just one successful example of that.
As Susan thought about future events with this organization, “I have a feeling we will all be participating for years to come.”
About RE/MAX Alliance:
RE/MAX Alliance is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Virginia Beach and coming soon to Chesapeake, and specializes in residential, land, and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Alliance is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen®, and other charities. The main office is located at 4701 Columbus St., Ste 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
Shelley Puishys, Development and Marketing, RE/MAX Alliance Virginia Beach