John Hajduk's Fundraising Page
CASA of Cook County
John Hajduk's Fundraising Page
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Dear friends and colleagues,


I’m running my second Chicago marathon and fundraising for the same organization, CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cook County, which does amazing work advocating for and getting foster kids in the Chicago-area out of the overwhelmed and underfunded foster care system.


The premise:

  • Judges make many life changing decisions for children in foster care, often with little information about the child or their situation.
  • CASA trains and pairs volunteers with children who then spend 10-20 hours a month getting to know the child, their needs, along with case workers, therapists, doctors, and lawyers.
  • They then advocate in the best interest of the children in court so judges can make better decisions which help kids reunite with parents, find caring families, or legal guardians, resulting in a forever altered trajectory of their lives.


CASA is very effective. Foster children with a CASA advocate are 95% less likely to reenter the child welfare system. There are over 6,000 children dealing with issues of abuse and neglect in the under-resourced Cook County child protection system. Every $1 invested saves up to $5 in social service costs.


I’m hoping to reach my goal of $1,000, so no donation is too small. Thank you for your generosity and support!



ABOUT 2017 Chicago Marathon


For over 30 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County has been training everyday people to stand up for children that have experienced abuse and neglect in an overwhelmed and extremely under-resourced foster care system. Today there are anywhere between 5,800 to 6,000 children in Cook County’s foster care system—and CASA of Cook County can only provide one-on-one support for less than 6 percent of them. Because of our limited resources, our volunteer advocates are court-appointed for cases deemed most in need of individual, dedicated support. Learn more about our work here: 

Meet the 2015 Team CASA, which raised more than $36,000+, by visiting this link: 

Meet the 2016 Team CASA, which raised more than $52,000+, by visiting this link:

Our goal in 2017 is to once again run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and raise $50,000. 100% of the money raised will go towards CASA of Cook County's child advocacy program.



We highly encourage you to share the opportunity to join Team CASA with your friends! There's nothing better than running for a good cause alongside great people! 


Welcome to Team CASA and thank you for believing in our mission & vision.


Mark Dinglasan
Executive Director

CASA of Cook COunty


Name Date Amount Comments
Renee Pederson 10/06/2017 $50.00 go get 'em john!
Anonymous Friend 10/06/2017 $200.00 Good luck, John!!
Richard Dsida 10/05/2017 $50.00  
Patrick Birmingham 10/04/2017 $63.00 Thank you to John Hajduk for his involvement in a very worthy cause, CASA.
Hubert Benzon 10/04/2017 $50.00 Good luck John!
Mary Kate Bansley 10/03/2017 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 10/02/2017 $10.00 Run John Run
Heather Ballard 10/02/2017 $100.00  
Ann Monahan 10/01/2017 $72.00  
Suzanne Porfyris 09/29/2017 $25.00 Go John!
Narasimhan Jagannathan 09/29/2017 $200.00 Good luck John!
Nicholas Wasson 09/29/2017 $150.00 You're my hero.
Amod Sawardekar 09/29/2017 $200.00  
Amanda Darling 09/29/2017 $10.00  
John Hajduk 09/28/2017 $150.00  
  Total $1,350.00