16th Annual ABC 7 Jim Gibbons 5K Traffic Jam

February 18, 2010 2:07:25 PM PST
Registration for the 16th Annual ABC 7 Jim Gibbons 5K Traffic Jam is now open.

This event was formerly known as the ABC 7 Jim Gibbons 5K Run, 3K Walk and Survivors' Strut. The event takes place in Grant Park's Arvey Field in Chicago on Thursday, June 17. Register at www.leukemia-research.org/5KTrafficJam. Proceeds from the event benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF).

For the second year in a row, the LRF has expanded the event -- this time adding a 5K Fun Run to the event in Wilmette, Illinois. The public, and especially survivors and others touched by leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) can run or walk at both the Chicago and Wilmette locations -- both beginning at 6:25 p.m.

Honorary chairpersons, for the 16th consecutive year, are ABC 7 Chicago's Janet Davies and Frank Mathie. The event was created to honor the memory of Jim Gibbons, a 25-year veteran investigative reporter for ABC 7 who succumbed to leukemia in 1994.

The online registration fee is $35 for adult runners and walkers in Chicago - $25 for runners and walkers in Wilmette -- children 14 and under $15. Look for discounted registration on LRF's Facebook and Google Buzz pages.

The "Gibbons" experience is made more fun if one participates and raises money as part of a team. Teams consist of three or more individuals who run, walk, volunteer or any combination of the three. Teams also register online at www.leukemia-research.org/5KTrafficJam. Team fundraising is made easy through the creation of a fundraising page on the event's web site.

The Leukemia Research Foundation acknowledges ABC 7 Chicago and Allstate for renewing their commitment to the fight against blood cancers. Event sponsorships are still available. Contact Cindy Kane at Cindy@LRFmail.org or call the Gibbons hotline at 847-424-0780.

About The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)

The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Wilmette, 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 25 chapters have helped the Foundation raise more than $47 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 847-424-0600.