Walk & Run for Wishes Edwardsville
This year’s annual Walk & Run for Wishes Edwardsville will be held on May 16th, 2015 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Korte Stadium. The event will be led by a very special Grand Marshall.
Janet is a fun and loving little girl who wished to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida to be a princess for a day. Janet was made eligible for Make-A-Wish® when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April of 2013. The trip and chance to enjoy a week in Florida at Disney World and stay at the Give Kids the World Resort meant the world to Janet and her family.
This year’s walkers and runners will be able to see Janet and other wish children participate in their favorite costumes, having a day of fun and excitement.
Make-A-Wish is excited to announce that there will be special appearances made by St Louis Cardinals Mascot Fredbird, Gateway Grizzlies Mascot Izzy, and Mike the Balloon Guy. Children will have the opportunity to get their face painted by Bebe the Clown and pictures taken with characters from Star Wars and the movie Frozen. Frozen characters, Elsa and Anna will be singing as well. There will also be a special dance performance by the Metro East Dance Company.
The journey begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and includes a timed 5K run and a leisurely 1K walk along SIUE’s beautiful campus that starts at 9:00 a.m. Food, refreshments, music and entertainment will share in the celebration. Prizes are awarded for best youth and adult costumes in addition to awards for top fundraisers. The registration fee is $30 for adult 5k runners, $25 for adult 1k fun walkers, $15 for students ages 18-22, $10 for children ages 18 and under, and free for wish families, “Virtual Walkers,” infants, and toddlers. Additional details and registration are available online at www.walkrunwish.org. Following May 1st, an additional $5 will be added to each registration fee.
This year, Make-A-Wish Illinois will grant wishes to more than 700 children in Illinois who are living with life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, renal disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Wishes can be a turning point in a child’s battle against illness and help children feel stronger, more energetic and more willing and able to comply with treatment protocols. Additionally, wishes empower children to take control over an aspect of their lives while helping them feel less isolated and more self-confident.
About Make-A-Wish Illinois
Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 12,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members. For more information visit illinois.wish.org.