Thursday, April 17, 2014

Loyola holding Health, Hope & Heroes 5K for kids like Abbey

Abbey is one of Loyola's Heroes. At 4 years old, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. "It was probably the worst news I've ever gotten," her father said.

Abbey's parents brought her to Loyola, where the family found a group of compassionate, supportive doctors and nurses who cared for them during a difficult time. After four rounds of chemotherapy, including multiple month-long hospital stays, Abbey is cancer-free, thanks to the care she received at Loyola

It is for children like Abbey that Loyola holds its annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk. For more information, please visit loyolamedicine5k.org

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.