It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival!
We all know this song well and it is the inspiration behind our name Risin' Up To The Challenge! Everyone faces life's challenges differently, some choose to fight alone and some choose to fight together. Some challenges are proven to be more of a battle than others but that doesn't change the fact that sometimes we just need help. The challenge in my life was the premature births of our twin daughters in 2008, born at 25w 2d and only weighing 1lb 8oz & 1lb 9oz. Spending 6 months in the NICU and going through the multiple procedures takes a toll on an individual and family both emotional and financially. The "what if" scenarios, the lack of sleep, the anxiety. Today I am so very thankful for the positive outcome.  I was on the receiving end then and now I want to give back, this is WHY I have founded Risin' Up To The Challenge & continue to advocate and raise money for Children's Hospital of Illinois.  Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!

Make a single or monthly donation from a credit card or Paypal. Risin' Up To The Challenge is a 501(c)3
EIN# 46-4157696

A Note From Our Founder - Addi Mercer


Choose your balloon(s) # 1- 136, Donate that amount. You will receive a virtual balloon to share on social media, email etc to help spread the word.

Mulligans for Miracles Golf Outing was established in 2015 and we have donated a total of $25,675 in the past 3 years.

Come join us for a day of golf, dinner, entertainment and much more on:      AUGUST 11TH, 2018

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Children's Hospital of Illinois has celebrated over 20 years of providing high-quality healthcare services to pediatric patients of central Illinois. Children's Hospital was founded on the belief that no child - regardless of ability to pay - will be denied medical care.

We have devoted our energy to passionately advocating for Children's Hospital of Illinois. Find out how you can contribute to through donations of time or money.

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