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Chicago Marathon gets some help from Loyola students, staff

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Several Loyola University Health System faculty, students and staff took to the streets of Chicago on Sunday to participate in the marathon either as volunteers or as runners.

One group provided medical care at Aid Station 14 and Mile 19 in the Pilsen district. Loyola members of the team were: Amy Buchanan, MD; Lauren Mazzuca, LPN (licensed practical nurse); Deborah Cameron, LPN; Molly Kalmoe, M2 (second-year medical student); Jim Winger, MD; Sarah Carlson, M2; Kirsten Groody, M1; Raquel Robles, M3; Mike Wilkes, M2; and Alex Austin, MD.

“It was exciting to be able to bring Loyola Sports Medicine expertise beyond the walls of the health system to the heart of Chicago’s premier athletic event,” said Jim Winger, MD, Loyola Sports Medicine physician.

Acute Rehabilitation staff members are typically used to helping others heal. However, this week they are caring for patients while also nursing their own sore muscles. These employees ran 26.2 miles Sunday and raised more than $2,000 for Special Olympics of Chicago and Standup2cancer.

“This group trained together when not at work and knowing that they could not all take the day off after the marathon, they all showed up to work on Monday morning ready to care for patients,” said Ewa Jaraczewska, manager, Inpatient Rehabilitation Services and Center for Home Care and Hospice. “They demonstrated tremendous team spirit and unity."

Runners included: Sarah Smith, PT (physical therapist); Allison Bresnahan, PT; Joelle Johnson, OT (occupational therapist); Meghan Corley, PT; Stephanie Chirillo, PT; Natalie Hackett, PT; Christina Vaca, PT; and Matthew Giffhorn, PT. All finished in less than five hours, and Chirillo qualified for the Boston Marathon.

The Office of Development recently announced that Chicago Marathon runners will have an opportunity to raise money for Loyola next year. Stay tuned for more information on how to donate.

These are just a few of the Loyola employees and students who were involved in the Chicago Marathon.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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