Walkers, runners, and supporters of all ages have raised over $200,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago through the Foundation’s 11th annual Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K, which took place on Saturday, May 21 at Chicago’s Montrose Harbor.
In addition to the May 21 event, a separate 5K event was held the previous weekend, on Saturday, May 14, in suburban Wheaton. Over 2,200 individuals attended the combined events—an estimated 1,500 hundred at Montrose Harbor and over 700 in Wheaton.
Donations to the Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K had exceeded $200,000 by the start of Saturday morning’s event. That total is expected to grow as event-day registrations are turned in and tallied. Money raised will be used to fund epilepsy education and support services throughout Chicago and northeast and central Illinois.
Foundation President Philip M. Gattone was encouraged not only by the increased size and scope of the event, but also by the ever-growing level of corporate support the event has been generating over the past eleven years.
“It’s so vital that individuals see the money they contribute to events such as the Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K being directed to those people who need it most,” Gattone noted. “As support from our corporate sponsors grows, a larger portion of every dollar contributed by participants and their supporters can go directly to programs and services for individuals with epilepsy and their families.”
Corporate sponsors of the 2011 Greater Chicago Epilepsy 5K include Lundbeck Inc., Northwestern Memorial Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Foresters, NorthShore University Health System, Yowza!!, Rush University Medical Center, Comer Children’s Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, AthletiCo, Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute, First Nonprofit, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Neurotech, UCB, Coca-Cola, AT&T Pioneers, Superior Ambulance Services, and The Dock at Montrose Beach.
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