Teen to Participate in Loyola 5K 2015 | News | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Teen returns to participate in Loyola 5K run/walk after recovering from life-threatening condition

Mason Patterson

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 20, 2015) – When Mason Patterson was 15, he collapsed while taking a shower with what appeared to be a seizure. Mason was rushed by ambulance to a hospital near his home before being airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center with bleeding in his brain. 

It was at Loyola that Asterios Tsimpas, MD, diagnosed Mason with artervenious malformation, or AVM. AVM is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that is typically present at birth, but often goes undiagnosed. Mason immediately underwent surgery to relieve the pressure and swelling in his brain. 

Because the AVM was on the right side of his brain, the left side of his body was affected. Mason spent the next month at Loyola before being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. He returned to Loyola in March 2014 for a 14-hour surgery to remove the AVM. Since then, Mason has undergone weekly rigorous physical therapy sessions to help him regain full use of the left side of his body.

Thanks to Loyola’s help, Mason plans to join an estimated 2,500 people in the 4th Annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk at 9 am on Sunday, June 14, on the campuses of Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital located at 2160 S. First Ave., in Maywood, Ill. Race proceeds will support Loyola’s pediatric healthcare programs. 

The 5K Run/Walk will be followed by a Children’s Hero Hustle at 10:30 a.m. This 50-yard dash is available for children ages 10 and younger. Area sports mascots and characters will be on hand to entertain kids as they race. Kids’ activities also will be held at the finish line area from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Race participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and children will get a T-shirt and a ribbon. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided following the race.

For more information about race logistics, registration and fundraising, visit www.loyolamedicine5k.org.

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 92 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 129,000 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.