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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