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 curesearchwalk.org/chicago

For media inquiries please, contact Evie Polsley at epolsley@lumc.edu 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 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.