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Aly Swezey

Aly Swezey


In October 2018, I completed my first marathon at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and ran for the charity, PAWS Chicago. Three weeks before the race, I injured my right knee, which severely hindered my ability to run the race the way I had hoped but with determination and the support of my family and friends, I completed the race.

Although this was an amazing accomplishment, I felt deep down that I wanted to try one more time to raise money for PAWS Chicago and prove to myself I can run a marathon.

This year, I will be participating again in The Bank of America Chicago Marathon that takes place on Sunday, October 13th and I will be running for the charity, PAWS Chicago.

As many of you know, I rescued a Beagle almost 3 years ago and named him Ollie. He was from a high Kill Shelter in TN and was brought to the Chicago area for a 2nd chance. When I found him at the shelter he was malnourished, sad and in bad shape but I instantly fell in love with him. After several long months, he turned into a happy boy that loves to go for walks, nap and lay in the sunshine. PAWS Chicago is so important to me because of Ollie and all the good they do for animals in need.

PAWS Chicago is dedicated to building No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – where all healthy and treatable pets are saved. Since their founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually in Chicago has dropped 87 percent. But with nearly 10,000 homeless pets still dying in Chicago each year, there is more important work to be done. PAWS performs more than 18,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to decrease the number of animals that end up in shelters, they also find new loving families for nearly 6,000 homeless animals each year through their two adoption centers.

This year my fundraising goal is $1,250 and I need your help to reach my goal! Any donation amount will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support!
Aly (& Ollie!)


raised of $1,250 goal

Recent Donations

1. Joanna Donohue
2. REBECCA Mitsos
YOUVE GOT THIS! Can't wait to hear about your second time around the best city in the best way. Good luck to you!!
3. AP & UT
Wishing you a great day for a great cause with great results! So proud of you Aly! It's your 2nd Annual...
4. Julie Duff
5. Helen Quick
Another amazing effort Aly and for such a worthy cause, Good Luck
6. Devon Nestel