Miles for Mothers: St. John’s Student to Raise Awareness for Mothers and Babies of Bethlehem

Cecilia Bowe

Washington, DC – St. John’s College High School senior Cecilia Bowe will be running in the Palestine Half-Marathon in Bethlehem on March 22, 2019. Cecilia is hoping to raise $5,000 for Holy Family Hospital, a Catholic teaching hospital run by the Order of Malta in Bethlehem.

Holy Family Hospital is a state-of-the-art maternity and neonatal critical care center serving poor and at-risk women, infants, and children throughout the Bethlehem region. In this area of conflict, the Hospital stands as a beacon of hope for families, including refugees and residents of remote desert villages. The Hospital and its Outreach Clinics have impacted more than one million lives since 1990. No one is ever turned away.

A new mother at Holy Family Hospital

Cecilia, a member of the varsity track team at St. John’s, will be running on behalf of the neediest mothers and babies who receive healthcare from Holy Family Hospital. “I’ve always loved running,” stated Cecilia Bowe, “I want to run for the Hospital because it is such a beacon of hope not only for the Palestinians, but for everyone who hears about it. I’m excited to run for an organization that promotes peace and empowers women.”

Services provided for mothers and grandmothers include prenatal care, delivery and postnatal care, as well as life-saving screenings for gynecological cancers. Additionally, Holy Family Hospital is the only hospital in the region capable of caring for an infant born before 32 weeks, and some of the infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can weigh as little as one pound. All services provided at Holy Family Hospital are subsidized at 50%, many families need further help in covering their healthcare costs. The Hospital’s Poor Case Fund makes it possible for the Hospital to provide healthcare to all who come through the doors, without regard to a family’s ability to pay.

Holy Family Hospital is overwhelmingly thankful to Cecilia Bowe for her generosity!

Cecilia’s donation page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/half-marathon-for-babies-in-the-holy-land