Mom, son have spent nearly a decade building hope at Levine Children’s Hospital

Jayden spent three months in the hospital after birth

Mom, son have spent nearly a decade building hope at Levine Children’s Hospital

On Oct. 1, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital kicks off 25 Days of Hope in honor of the 25th annual Hopebuilders 5K. The hospital’s signature fundraising event, sponsored by Barings, typically draws more than 1,200 participants who gather to run or walk together in support of Levine Children’s Hospital.

Jayden Moore was born premature at 25 weeks gestation. He spent three months in the children’s hospital after birth, and doctors weren’t sure he would survive his first 72 hours of life.

“His journey was quite challenging, but the resources and care he received enabled him to defeat the odds."

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"He is now 15 years old, full of life and full of energy thanks to the care he received. We raise money for Hopebuilders to help other children like Jayden,” said Yolanda Moore, Jayden’s mom.

Levine Children’s Hospital undoubtedly has a special place in the heart of the Moore family. They have participated in the annual event for nearly a decade.

“Levine Children’s Hospital provides phenomenal care for children and their families. World-class care is available to treat numerous diseases, conditions and injuries,” Moore said.

“The community can also support by giving and participating. So many children have been impacted by the care they received at Levine."

Given the current pandemic, the fundraiser will feature a different format this year.

“Although we can’t gather in person this year, we certainly want to celebrate the hope that this event continues to bring to our patients and families at Levine Children’s,” said Dr. Stacy Nicholson, president of Levine Children’s Hospital. “This is truly a community event, made possible by the generosity of our longtime sponsors like Barings and WSOC, to the runners, teams, patients and caregivers who all dedicate their time to building hope for our hospital.”

The Hopebuilders 5K was founded by two families whose children were both battling cancer and had to seek medical care outside of Charlotte.

Each day leading up to Oct. 25, the hospital — via social media — will share stories of hope from grateful patient families, community advocates and even from health care heroes serving on the front lines of Levine Children’s Hospital. During the final week, participants are encouraged to safely run or walk in their neighborhoods and complete the distance of a 5K.

“We hope the community will join us in making this another successful year for Hopebuilders,” said Callie Dobbins, vice president and facility executive for Levine Children’s. “And we hope you’ll share in the celebrations of our patients who are completing final chemo treatments; receiving lifesaving heart care; learning to walk again after a traumatic injury; living with kidney disease, and so much more. These are stories of resilience that inspire us all.”

The Moores' favorite experience during Hopebuilders is the day of the race, because of the energy of the crowd and the atmosphere of the event, when thousands of people come together for one cause and encourage each other.

“There are always supporters close to the finish line to help you make those last strides in to complete the race,” Moore said.

“Willingness to help our neighbors and community members is so important. With so much going on in the world right now, we need to be able to help and depend on each other.”

Participants will receive event shirts and bibs in the mail, and top fundraisers will have the opportunity to receive signed Carolina Panthers items.

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV/Telemundo Charlotte public affairs manager, at Kevin.Campbell@wsoctv.com.