Monday, June 10, 2013

Health, Hope & Heroes 5K draws nearly 2,000 to help Loyola

Nearly 2,000 runners, walkers, children and parents with strollers came out June 9 to raise more than $150,000 for pediatric medicine at Loyola during the Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center. “This event was a fun opportunity for patients and their families, our staff and the community to come together to celebrate the great work done at Loyola each day,” said Jackie Lowe, director of individual giving for Loyola University Health System and race director for the 5K. “We were thrilled to see nearly 2,000 people turn out to support us."

Groups of participants formed teams to run together and help raise funds. One of the largest, Lexi’s Wish, included 48 people who participated in the memory of Lexi O’Brien, a girl who was born with heart defects and stayed at the Loyola neonatal ICU for the first two months of her life. Lexi, who was remembered as a charismatic and vibrant young girl, passed away in 2007 at age 13. Her sister, Kaylee O'Brien, was one of the official starters for the race.

After the 5K, dozens of children were able to compete in foot races with some of the area's favorite mascots, including Staley of the Chicago Bears, Southpaw of the Chicago White Sox, Sky Guy of the Chicago Sky and Ronald McDonald. A boisterous group of fruit-and-vegetable mascots reminded children of the importance of eating healthy.  An after-race party included music by Chef Dan & the Appetizers, face painting and food.

Last year’s winner, 36-year-old Lars Juhl of Chicago, won the race again this year, pushing a jogging stroller the entire way to a time of 16 minutes and 35 seconds.

The top male finishers were:

    1. Lars Juhl of Chicago, 16:35
    2. Brian Robertson of Barrington: 16:55
    3. Krzysztof Ozog of Melrose Park: 17:10

    The top female finishers were:

      1. Nicole Mitchelle of Forest Park: 21:11
      2. Kate Goldhaber of Chicago: 21:48
      3. Kelly Heniff of Lombard: 22:21

      A full list of runners and their finishing times is available online.

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      About Loyola University Health System

      Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

      Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.