(Little Rock, Ark.) Oct. 11, 2022 – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary hosted its fourth Race for a Healthier Tomorrow benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Oct. 8.

The event raised more than $45,000 in net proceeds. Proceeds from this event provide critical funds needed to support expert pediatric care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Arkansans from all four corners of the state were invited to participate in the physical race, as a virtual runner, or with a personal online fundraising page. More than 630 racers registered.

This year’s event included a timed 5K race and family-friendly 1-mile walk. The new 5K race route took runners past Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where racers cheered and waved to the patients and healthcare workers.

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Champion Sponsor: Sam’s Club

Racer Sponsors: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Staley Electric; Terracon

Sprinter Sponsors: Angie & Jordan Johnson; Nabholz Construction; Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

Pace Setter Sponsors: The Stephens Group Asset Management; Time Stripping, Inc.Silver Heroes: Elizabeth and Shawn Grotte; Rosalyn and Harry Hastings; Neal and Nat Lea; Anne and Tom Wallace

Bronze Heroes: Beth and Jordan Blackshaw; Sissi Brandon; Laura and Mark Doramus; Susan and Brian McGeorge


The Arkansas Children's Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association, is a separate 501(c)(3) organization serving patients and families through fundraising and service projects. Founded in 1967, the Auxiliary has nearly 450 members who support the hospital through many fundraising efforts including a la Carte, Miracle Ball, Race for a Healthier Tomorrow, the Playaway Gift Shop, the ACHiever Program and the Holiday Card Project.


Arkansas Children's is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in seven pediatric specialties (2022—2023): Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology and Urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit archildrens.org.