EDWARDSVILLE — Participants can dress as their favorite characters at Make-A-Wish Illinois’ Walk & Run for Wishes on Saturday, May 16, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Korte Stadium and make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Celebrate the magical and imaginative spirit this event brings to mind by participating as an individual or with a team.
The journey begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and includes a timed 5K run and a leisurely 1mile 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 top fundraiser, top team captain, top 3 overall race times and best in age groups. The registration fee is $30 for adult 5k runners, $25 for adult 1 mile fun walkers, $15 for students ages 18-22, $10 for children under 18, and free for wish families, “Virtual Walkers,” infants, and toddlers. Additional details and registration are available online atwww.walkrunwish.org
The event will help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions in Illinois like Zoe Kienstra, a 15-year-old girl from Edwardsville who was diagnosed with liver cancer in September 2012. Her wish to travel to Bora Bora was granted thanks to Make-A-Wish Illinois. Zoe’s wish and the opportunity to travel to one of the world’s most beautiful places will never be forgotten.
This year, Make-A-Wish Illinois will grant wishes to more than 700 kids in Illinois who are living with life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, renal disease and 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.
For information, visit www.illinois.wish.org or call (800) 978-9474.