When 3-year-old Owen was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center after a devastating accident with a riding lawnmower in October, his parents didn’t know what to expect. What followed was a month in the hospital, which included three surgeries to partially amputate Owen’s right foot and reconstruct his left leg. Owen was then fitted with a prosthesis, and he began physical therapy to learn to walk again.
Thanks to the care he received at Loyola’s Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital, Owen is now walking, running and playing again just months after the accident. His family and friends will participate in Loyola’s Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk, and Owen will take part in the Children’s Hero Hustle portion of the event as a way to give back and support other children who are suffering from illness and injury. Race proceeds will support the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital.
The 5K run/walk will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, on the shared campus of Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital located at 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.
The race will be followed by a Children’s Hero Hustle at 10:30 a.m. Area sports mascots and characters will be on hand to entertain kids as they race. Children ages 4 years and younger will run a 50-yard dash; children ages 5 and older will run a 100-yard dash. Kids’ activities also will be held at the finish line area from 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Race participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, and children will get a t-shirt and custom-made ribbon. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided following the race.
For more information about race logistics, registration and fundraising visit www.loyolamedicine5k.org.