Health, Hope & Heroes 5K 2015 Draws 1,500 People | Loyola Medicine
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Health, Hope & Heroes 5K draws more than 1,500 to help Loyola

Race will support Loyola’s pediatric healthcare programs

Approximately 1,500 people came out June 14 despite bad weather to raise more than $185,000 for Loyola during the Fourth Annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds from the race will support pediatric programs at Loyola University Health System.

“This event was a fun opportunity for patients, their families, Loyola staff and the community to help other children who are suffering from illness and injury,” said Sallie Hazelrigg, vice president for Development, Loyola University Health System. “This race continues to grow every year. We were thrilled to see more than 1,500 people turn out to support Loyola despite the rainy conditions."

Groups of participants formed teams to run together and to raise funds. One of the largest, Team Owen, included hundreds of people who raised more than any other team at nearly $25,000. Owen was airlifted to Loyola after an accident where he lost a portion of his right foot and had to have his left leg reconstructed. Thanks to the care he received at Loyola, Owen is now walking, running and playing again just like other kids his age. This race gave his family and friends an opportunity to give back to the doctors, nurses and chaplains who cared for Owen.

The race winner was Aaron Silver. He finished the race in 17:43.

Other top male finishers included:

Marco Alfaro, 17:58

Sidney Gutierrez, 18:00

The top female finishers were:

Annie Wester, 20:49

Danielle McCormick, 20:59

Stephanie Kliethermes, 21:25

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

After the 5K, dozens of children were able to compete in races with some of the area's favorite mascots. An after-race party included music, face painting and food.

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About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.