Credit: Courtesy of Carrie Marriott

Carrie Marriott says she experienced firsthand the type of care offered at Children’s National Health System

Her son Henry was just 10 months old and learning how to stand himself up. She was working in the kitchen at her Bethesda home and Henry was crawling around on the floor when she opened the oven and pulled out a chicken. As she held the chicken in both hands, she tried to kick the oven door shut, but before she could, Henry placed his hands on the inside of the door to try to pick himself up.

Marriott said her son suffered second-degree burns instantly and was in tremendous pain. She called 911, and the ambulance that responded prepared to take him to the nearest hospital. But the nearest hospital didn’t have the capability to handle pediatric burns, so Henry was taken to Children’s National in D.C. instead.

“I didn’t know if he’d ever have full function of his hands,” Marriott said. “I was so concerned about his ability to function in the future.”

The doctors at Children’s used plastic paddles to keep the skin on Henry’s hands stretched and kept a close eye on his progress. Eventually he would be OK.

“He healed,” Marriott said. “It was an absolute miracle to me that he had no major nerve damage or scarring, and I believe that’s because we went to a hospital that specializes in pediatric burns.”

Since then, Marriott, who is married to David Marriott, an executive with the hotel chain where his father is the chairman, said she has always wanted to give back to the hospital.

This year, Marriott will serve as chair for Children’s National Health System’s Race for Every Child 5k Run/ Walk, which takes place Sept. 13 at Freedom Plaza in D.C. The actual race sends runners down Pennsylvania Avenue, around the National Mall, past the U.S. Capitol, down Independence Avenue and then back. Last year, the event raised about $700,000 for the hospital, says Marriott.

“We want to carry that momentum forward and do more to really engage the Washington community,” Marriott said.

Registration for the race is now open and costs $25 before June 15, then $35 from June 16 to Aug. 31 and $45 after Sept. 1.  All proceeds from the race are provided to Children’s. The hospital’s goal is to raise $1 million with the race.


Correction: Originally this article noted the race will be Oct. 5, that was the date for the 2013 race. The 2014 race will be held Sept. 13. The date has been corrected, we regret the error.