The Rockin Chocolate Marathon is proud to partner with Run Strong Madison, Make-A-Wish & Reach-A-Child. Every volunteer will log their hours and those hours will be paid to the charity they represent. When you are on the course or crossing the finish line, remember to thank your volunteers, without them, this event would not be possible.

Run Strong Madison works with local businesses to produce festivals, athletic events, galas and other community events. They promote the events and fill volunteer positions. The volunteers all come from other local non-profit organizations. Run Strong Madison pays these organizations an hourly wage for each hour their volunteers serve at these events.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing, a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness.

This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible. Most of all, it's the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles ... wishes find a way to make the world better. "Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. ”

Founded in 2007, REACH-A-Child™ has worked with First Responders statewide to make sure that they have the necessary tool to reach children-in-crisis — a book that is age appropriate* to redirect the child’s attention from the crisis at hand and allows them an emotional escape from their fears. Whether a child is in an accident, a victim of domestic disturbance, or going through a trauma, the power of a book and a positive interaction with a First Responder can go a long way towards “making things right” again! 

*Children, ages 2 to 12 years old, are served by this program.