Thursday, August 23, 2012

Loyola Team Doubles to Walk for Pediatric Cancer Patients

About 90 physicians, nurses, staff, patients and families from the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital® of Loyola University Medical Center will walk Sept. 8 to help battle childhood cancer. This year’s Ronald’s Heroes team has more than doubled the number of walkers who will be participating in the CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer.

“Unfortunately childhood cancer is becoming more prevalent and more and more families are being touched by this devastating disease,” said Megan Gertz, director of child life at the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital® of Loyola University Medical Center. “We walk to support them in their fight by raising funds for pediatric cancer research."

The day kicks off with registration at 8:30 a.m. on the Great Lawn across from Soldier Field. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. followed by a 3.5-mile walk to raise funds for life-saving search.

The money raised from the event goes to Children’s Oncology Group hospitals that conduct pediatric cancer research, including Loyola University Health System.

To register for the walk, visit

For media inquiries please, contact Evie Polsley at or call (708) 417-5100.

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 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. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At 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 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago 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.

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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.