CureSearch for Children's Cancer funds and supportstargeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurableresults, and is the authoritative source of information and resourcesfor all those affected by children's cancer.
A beautiful morning on September 7 ushered in the 5th annual Chicago CureSearch Walk. Over 3,000 walkers joined together as a community to support children's cancer research. Taking place at Soldier Field's Stadium Green, the Walk raised more than $322,000. Over the 5 years of the Walk, the Chicago community has helped raise more than 1 million dollars towards much needed research to help find a cure for children's cancer!
Walk Committee co-chair Rick Chaloupka got the morning started as emcee, while kids enjoyed balloon artists and face painters. Bentley, a Great Dane, who is not only a service dog in training and a therapy dog, but has the world's longest tail and is in the running to be certified by the Guinness Book of World records as the world's tallest service dog was on hand to greet participants and join in the fun.
Representatives of dog food company Castor and Pollux were in attendance and presented CureSearch with a check for $25,000 from their Heel Cancer! campaign. Last year, Castor and Pollux and Petsmart teamed up to make a donation to CureSearch for every bag of dog food sold! Bentley and Castor and Pollux were happy to present the donation to CureSearch and are determined to help others who are fighting cancer.
Jason Canner, DO from Advocate Hope Hospital and Cure It Foundation and Susan Cohn, MD from the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital spoke to the crowd before the Walk began, reiterating the importance of funding innovative research to improve treatments for children with cancer.
Rick Chaloupka says he is grateful for the incredible support the community has given CureSearch over the five years of the Chicago CureSearch Walk. "Looking out at over 3,000 people in attendance, I see hundreds of kids dancing, playing games, getting their henna tattoos and faces painted. I see families and friends laughing, some are crying but still laughing at the same time, and I know they are remembering someone they have lost," explains Rick. "Then I see dozens of people from the hospitals –the nurses, doctors and child life specialists. They are hugging and talking with the families and dancing like fools with the kids. This is what the CureSearch Walk is all about."
The three-mile walk wound its way along the park. Medals were awarded to CureSearch Champions - the nearly 100 current and past patients attended. A special moment was also taken to remember and honor those who have lost their fight to cancer. "This one Saturday every year is all about us friends and family - the CureSearch family- coming together to celebrate all of the children that are with us and those that are not there, but are always in our hearts," says Rick. This year's Chicago CureSearch Walk brings CureSearch one step closer to the future that every child deserves and every parent dreams of.
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