Thousands Expected to Join in the Symbolic Journey from Current Facility to New Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
CHICAGO, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children's Memorial Hospital is inviting the Chicago community to help celebrate its historic move to a new location by participating in a special fundraising event, Move for the Kids 5K Run/Walk, presented by Navistar, on May 12, beginning at 8 a.m.
Thousands of runners and walkers are expected at the event, which will trace a 3.1 mile path from the hospital's current location in Lincoln Park to the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago downtown. The event also will serve as an opportunity for participants to say good-bye to the Lincoln Park facility, where many children and families have had their lives transformed through the superior pediatric healthcare provided by compassionate physicians, nurses and other care providers at the hospital.
After the run/walk, participants will be among the first to tour Lurie Children's, located at 225 E. Chicago Avenue, before it officially opens. A Community Open House starts immediately after the run/walk, with tours running continuously until 5:00 p.m. Runners and walkers will enjoy a post-event celebration in Lake Shore Park and share in memories of the past and the promise of a brighter future for children that the new hospital heralds.
"We hope to see many current and former patients, doctors, nurses and other caregivers, hospital supporters and anyone else who loves kids and is committed to improving their well being on May 12," said Thomas J. Sullivan, President of Children's Memorial Foundation. "We're proud of the hospital's 130-year history of serving critically ill kids. We are even prouder to be taking pediatric health care to a whole new level through our new state-of-the-art medical facility."
Move for the Kids is sponsored by presenting sponsor Navistar and lead sponsors Walgreen's and Kohl's Cares.
To find out how you can get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event, please visit www.childrensmemorial.org/moveforthekids.
About Children's Memorial Hospital
After 130 years of treating critically ill children in its Lincoln Park hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital has built a new world-class facility, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, which will open on June 9, 2012. The 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital is located in downtown Chicago on the campus of our academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and will offer the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital seeks the support of the entire community to complete and invest in Lurie Children's to help heal and save more children.
SOURCE Children's Memorial Hospital