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On December 9th, 2014, the unimaginable happened to the Rombach family, fundamentally changing their lives forever. Chloe Rombach, the youngest daughter of the family, was on her way to practice yoga in Northampton, Massachusetts, were she had just become a certified instructor two weeks before. When she stepped into the street, she was struck by a car and dragged 150 feet, where she lay trapped beneath the vehicle for nearly 20 minutes, most of that time unable to breathe. After a team of firefighters rescued Chloe from beneath the car, she was rushed to Bay State Emergency Center in Springfield, MA, where it became apparent she suffered terrible burns and severe brain damage.
Since the accident happened nearly three years ago, Chloe has received ongoing medical support from the caring team at Tewksbury Hospital and her community of family and visitors that are by her side every day. But the Rombachs are ready to bring their girl home.
Next to the trauma of nearly losing their sweet Chloe, the Rombachs face monstrous expenses. These span from ongoing medical expenses to the cost of remodeling their house so that it’s handicap accessible and equipped with the resources the Rombachs need to care after Chloe.
On the one hand, Run for Chloe is a fundraiser to help alleviate the costs of this unthinkable tragedy; on the other, it’s also about fostering and growing the community of support for the Rombach family. It’s about celebrating Chloe, a musical, creative and immensely talented woman, and honoring her past and future.
Donations made in the United States are tax deductible! Marathon details: We are going back to Italy, where I will run the Pisa Marathon on 17th December, 2017.

**Update 13 December 2017: Today, I am overwhelmed (with a spectrum of warm emotions: joy, gratitude, excitement) to share that we reached 183% of our goal of $5,000! Pretty remarkable things happen when we work together. THANK YOU, to everyone who shared, donated and got involved – THANK YOU for building an even larger community of support around the Rombachs.

Due to the wildly generous anonymous donation that matches our original $5,000 goal, a new goal has been set at $13,000.

By the way, the Rombachs write about Chloe’s progress daily in an online journal: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chloerombach

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