ABC7 Jim Gibbons 5K Run, 3K Walk and Survivors' Strut

June 19, 2008 9:21:26 PM PDT
It's more than a race. It's the difference in helping improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals with leukemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndromes -- blood cancers that will claim tens of thousands of lives this year. Runners, walkers and survivors of leukemia and other blood cancers geared up for the "14th Annual ABC7 Jim Gibbons 5K Run, 3K Walk and Survivors' Strut" along Chicago's lakefront Thursday. The event benefits the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF), and featured a live, 6:25 p.m. race start on ABC7 Chicago with commentary by honorary co-chairs, ABC7's Janet Davies and Frank Mathie.

ABC 7 CHICAGO fielded a team to participate in the event, which takes place at Upper Hutchinson Field at Columbus Drive and Balbo, in Chicago's Grant Park.

Each year, Davies and Mathie co-chair this race to honor the memory of friend and colleague Jim Gibbons, an investigative reporter for ABC 7, who succumbed to leukemia in 1994.

"Funding research to find a cure is the only permanent solution," said LFF Executive Director Kevin Radelet.

"Support from the 'ABC 7 Jim Gibbons 5K Run, 3K Walk and Survivors' Strut' helps the LRF continue its more than 60 years of impact on the course of leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancer treatments and advance cures," Radelet said.

Cash awards were given to the top three male and top three female runners.

Medals were given to the top three male and female runners in each of several age groups. The top finisher for the men was Brent Alexander, 27, with a time of 15:13. The winner for the women was Jokotade Ogunleye, 28, with a time of 17:45.

About The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)

The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Glenview, Ill., is dedicated to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The Foundation's mission is to conquer leukemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For more than 60 years, thousands of volunteers and 24 chapters have helped the Foundation raise more than $39 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager, and innovative scientists and physicians around the world, provide patient financial assistance, and offer educational and emotional support for patients and their families.

Leukemia Research Foundation information is available at www.leukemia-research.org, or by calling the race hotline at 847-424-0780.


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