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Exercising for a Cause

On Saturday I ran the "Dash for Detection" 5K for the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.  I was part of "Team Eric" and ran in memory of my internship training director, Dr. Eric Van Denburg, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2011.  We raised over $6,000 for pancreatic cancer research, part of over $160,000 raised this year via the 5K.

There are so many runs, walks, and bike rides over the summer that aim to raise awareness and money for a variety of conditions.  The most widely known are likely the Avon or Susan G. Komen breast cancer walks. Because not everyone has the advertising budget these organizations do, we'd like to highlight some smaller events happening in our area that you may be interested in joining or donating to.

Never run before?  Check out the Couch-to-5K training plan.

Airway Diseases
Fight for Air Ride, June 13-15, Crystal Lake IL to Lake Geneva WI.  Benefits the American Lung Association.

Battle to Breathe 5K, June 22nd, Wheaton IL. All profits raised will go toward the American Lung Association and its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

CowaLUNGa 2014 Bike Tour, August 2-4, Gurnee IL to Hubertus WI.  Benefits the Respiratory Health Association.

Dan Horyn's Skokie Swift, June 8th, Skokie IL.  Benefits the Daniel M. Horyn Foundation for esophageal cancer research.

Bud's Run 5K, June 28th, Carol Stream IL. 100% of the proceeds after paying our expenses are given to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.

Tour for Cancer, June 28th, Freeport IL.  Benefits the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center.

8th Annual Miles for Melanoma, July 12, Chicago IL.

Pennies from Heaven 5K, July 12, St. Joseph MI.  Benefiting young adults living with cancer.

12th Annual Run for Gus, July 24, Chicago IL. Event to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research and Family Services programs at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Celiac Disease
Alex's 5K RAGE, Sunday June 8th, Wheaton IL. 100% of the proceeds of this Team Gluten Free Event are going to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Mental Health
Gina's Gallop 5K, Sunday June 8th, Arlington Heights IL. Gina's Gallop is a real reason to run, in memory of and in support of those who struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide.

Rally for Autism, August 16, Libertyville IL.  Benefits the Autism Society of Illinois.

Neuromuscular Disorders
Ride to Cure FA, July 20th, Channahon IL.  Benefits the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance.

Organ Donation
Capital City 5K, July 26, Madison WI.  Benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin.

Did we miss an event?  Let us know in the comments section.

Dr. T.

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