November 4, 2018 by Holly Rhue
5. Run and play at the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation 5K & Family Fun Day.
The fourth annual 5K & Family Fun Day, honoring the late Jennifer Bush-Lawson, kicks off with a certified 5K course (open to adults and youth), followed by a festival with music, moon bounces, obstacles courses, food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole tournaments, face painting, balloon animals and more. Proceeds will go toward “providing high-quality pediatric and maternal health care services for economically vulnerable expectant mothers and their children” through Virginia Hospital Center.
Date: Nov. 17
Location: 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington
Featured in Volunteer Arlington, October 29, 2018
The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a young and growing nonprofit founded in 2014 following the untimely death of Jenn Lawson, knows that the success of its annual event is due in large part to its fearless and dedicated event co-chairs. One event co-chair in particular deserves special recognition for the time she’s volunteered to the organization: Elizabeth Ingram.
“Elizabeth has been with the 5K & Family Fun Day since the very beginning, when it was still in the ideation stage. She stepped into the race director role, helping get it off the ground and then ensuring that each race is one that our runners will look forward to returning to the next year,” said Jennifer Myers, executive director of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation. “Now, for our fourth annual event, our 5K registrations are pacing ahead of all prior years, and I believe Elizabeth’s hard work has much to do with that.”
Elizabeth is joined this year by two other volunteer co-chairs, Cristin Finkel, who is in her second year co-chairing the event, and Chrissy Campbell, who quickly said yes when asked to to join as a co-chair. The volunteer event committee is rounded out by Moley Evans, Tita Freeman, Nicole Harding, Amanda Harris, Jennifer Judah, Janaki Kates, Heather Myklegard, Ángela Puentes, Midori Rome and Kelly Young.
“The wonderful thing about running a nonprofit in Arlington is that there is such a wealth of talented people who can bring their perspectives and experiences to their volunteer work. We are truly a fortunate community for that,” added Jennifer Myers.
by Melanie Pincus, August 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm
The Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic has an additional $70,354 to support uninsured and low-income pregnant women in the area, thanks to a recent grant from the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation.
The bulk of the grant money — $64,354 — will support the second year of a telemedicine pilot program, which facilitates virtual appointments for patients with high-risk pregnancies who are unable to schedule some appointments in-person due to work, child care commitments or transportation barriers.
Another $5,000 will go to “transportation cards” for pregnant women who are low-income. The remaining $1,000 will go to purchasing “pack-and-plays,” which provide a safe place for newborns to sleep, for families in need.
The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation was founded in memory of Jennifer Lawson, a mother of three who died in a 2014 accident. Registration is now open for the fourth annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day, scheduled for Nov. 17. The event will raise additional funds for the Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic.
Nov. 17, 2017
By Stacy Rausch | Catholic Herald Producation Coordinator
Good things can sometimes come from tragedy.
Jennifer Bush-Lawson lost her life in 2014 after spending the morning volunteering at Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington. She was struck and killed by a passing dump truck while putting her daughter in her car seat.
It’s great how the community comes together to support the neighborhood and Neal. It’s a way to keep in touch and support one another. ~ Courtney Portner
Neal Lawson, Jennifer’s husband, has devoted himself to honoring his wife’s memory through the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF), launched in 2015 on the anniversary of her death.
The foundation provides funding for medical care for pregnant women and their children through the first year of life. Being able to help women receive quality healthcare — especially for high-risk pregnancies — is important to the family since the Lawson’s three children were born prematurely, and Jennifer struggled with difficult pregnancies.
One of the ways the foundation is funded is through an annual 5K race and family fun day, now in its third year. This year’s race raised more than $100,000. The Nov. 18 5K race started and finished at the Edward Douglass White Knights of Columbus council home in Arlington. The Knights donated the use of the grounds for the event that drew more than 450 racers ranging in age from 7 to 69. Many families bundled up for the chilly fall day race while pushing babies and toddlers in strollers.
The activities included face painting, moon bounces, food trucks, silent auction and live music.
The foundation’s mission “is to serve economically vulnerable mothers and infants by improving access to high-quality maternal and pediatric healthcare and support.” The JB-LF partners with the Virginia Hospital Center outpatient clinic and the Arlington Pediatric Center to carry out this vision.
Michele Werner, director of development at the Virginia Hospital Center said, “The best thing about working with the JB-LF is how innovative and forward thinking they are to help solve problems for patients, and they care about the population of expectant mothers and children.”
High-risk pregnancies include many doctors’ visits, which can become untenable for many women, especially those with lower incomes or the uninsured. Through the JB-FL, infants receive access to well child medical care, acute care, specialty care, developmental assessments, and pack and plays for a safe place to sleep. Mothers are getting crucial pre-natal care, ultrasounds, and help monitoring their pregnancies through support such as telemedicine, a smartphone app that allows them to check in with a doctor from work or home. This free service has decreased greatly the number of missed appointments.
Courtney Portner, a parishioner of St. Agnes Church in Arlington and friend of the Lawson family, has volunteered at the event for three years. “The race was not only about raising funds,” she said. “It’s great how the community comes together to support the neighborhood and Neal. It’s a way to keep in touch and support one another.”
“The sense of community and giving back is especially important for the kids,” she added. “It was great to see all ages come out, whether they were running or not, to raise money for a great cause.”
by Chris Teale November 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm
A 5K race and festival in memory of an Arlington mom killed by a passing truck while placing her children in a minivan will be held for the third time on Saturday.
The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5K Race begins at 9 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). It will feature a 5K race, a kids’ fun run with Teddy, one of the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, and a “Family Fun Day Festival.”
The family festival will live feature music from local band Gutterball Kingpin, as well as moon bounces, a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, in-line jumper, human hungry hippo, food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole, face painting, balloon animals and more.
The event benefits the Arlington Pediatric Center and the Virginia Hospital Center Outpatient Obstetrics Clinic, with a focus on prenatal and postnatal health services for underprivileged mothers and babies.
Police will close several roads to accommodate the event. Per the Arlington County Police Department:
The 3rd Annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5K Race will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The Arlington County Police Department will conduct the following road closures from approximately 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM to accommodate this event:
Little Falls Road: N. George Mason Drive to Yorktown Blvd.
Yorktown Blvd.: N. George Mason Drive to Williamsburg Blvd.
Williamsburg Blvd.: Yorktown Blvd. to N. Emerson Street
33rd Street: N. Emerson Street to N. George Mason Drive
George Mason Drive: N. 33rd Street to Yorktown Blvd.
Smaller closures exist within the race area
Full story on ArlNow.com: https://www.arlnow.com/2017/11/16/jennifer-bush-lawson-foundation-5k-family-fun-day-set-for-saturday/
Episode 127 – An Episode of Tangents (Neal Lawson and Jennifer Myers)
Jump ahead to minute 12:39 to hear Neal Lawson, founder and CEO of the Jennifer Bush Lawson Foundation, talk about his running background, the Jennifer Bush Lawson Foundation, Jennifer’s story and how the foundation honors her memory. Executive Director Jennifer Myers joins him at minute 22:37 to talk about the 5K & Family Fun Day, and some of the families that have been helped by the foundation.
More at Pacers Running: https://www.runpacers.com/podcast/episodes/episode-127-episode-of-tangents/