Nearly 2,000 runners, walkers, volunteers, and survivors of blood cancers beat the heat on Thursday, June 15 to participate in the 23rd Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk in Chicago’s Grant Park to benefit the Northfield, Ill.-based Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF).
The run start was broadcast live on ABC 7 Chicago during the 6:00 p.m. news and Dionne Miller joined Janet Davies as starters and Honorary Chairmen for the event. More than $100,000 has been raised so far. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund medical blood cancer research around the world, provide patient financial assistance and offer patient and family support services to those affected by blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes; blood cancers that impact more than 32,000 in the Chicago metropolitan area and will be diagnosed in more than 4,400 new people in 2017.
Fundraising continues for this event through July 15. at www.Gibbons5K.com. Those who would like to make a general donation to the cause or support a team or an individual fundraiser can do so by visiting www.Gibbons5K.com/donate.
Winners of the 5K Run include the following:
First Place: Benjamin Wynsma of Forest Park, Illinois
Second Place: Dominique Boulmier of Betton, France
Third Place: Michael Castellani of Chicago
First Place: Vanessa Righeimer of Chicago
Second Place: Madison Heidemann of Chicago
Third Place: Rachel Sotelo of Chicago
A complete listing of results can be found on the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk website.
Ninety groups walked, ran, or volunteered together as teams for the event. Many participants stayed after the run and walk for the post-event party, featuring the music of Daily Special – a member of which is a leukemia survivor. The Kids Tent was well populated by children doing arts and crafts activities and more. Many participants visited the Heroes of Hope Tent to meet blood cancer survivors and sign the Wall of Hope.
Thanks to the many volunteers and sponsors who make the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk possible. The event was created to honor the memory of Jim Gibbons, a 25-year veteran investigative reporter for ABC 7 who succumbed to leukemia in 1994.
To learn more about and donate to the Leukemia Research Foundation, visit www.allbloodcancers.org or call 847-424-0600.
For additional information call:
Carl Alston, Director of Communications