CureSearch Walk Chicago

A beautiful morning on September 10th ushered in the CureSearch Walk - Chicago. Over 1,500 walkers from the area joined together as a community walking to support children's cancer research. Taking place on the Great Lawn at Soldier Field, the walkers raised more than $180,000 for children's cancer research.

Dr. Sandy Goldberg of NBC got the morning started as emcee, while kids enjoyed balloon artists, face painters, and Rick and Josh Porter as DJs. Dr. Manera and Dr. Sarvida of Loyola Children’s Hospital, spoke to the crowd before the walk began and reiterated the importance of finding treatments and cures for children with cancer. CureSearch CEO John Lehr also spoke to the crowd and reiterated the importance raising funds to support children’s cancer research so that one day, every child will be guaranteed a cure.

Numerous local hospitals were well represented during the walk.  Teams from Children’s Memorial Hospital, Advocate Hope, Loyola Children’s Hospital, Rush-UIC, and Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago participated. Dr. Jason Canner and Nurse Practitioner Ginny Fowler headed up the Cure It committee from Advocate Hope, which raised over $90,000 for the walk.

The three-mile walk started at the balloon arch and wound its way along the park. Medals were awarded to CureSearch Champions - the nearly 40 children who attend the Walk as past and present patients.  One of these Champions, Emily, celebrated her birthday at the event.  She was called specially to the stage and hundreds of participants sang Happy Birthday to celebrate her turning 9 years old. Overall the walk had a fantastic turnout and raised a lot of money for children’s cancer research.

Christine Bork
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