Come as your favorite character to the Make-A-Wish Illinois Walk & Run for Wishes on Saturday, September 15 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline and you can make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Individuals and teams can participate and raise funds while enjoying the whimsical nature of the event, created to bring to mind the joyous, magical nature of a wish granted by Make-A-Wish.
Stepping off from Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline at 9:30 a.m, the event includes a 5K fun run and a leisurely 1 mile walk around the riverfront area. Refreshments, music and other entertainment will round out the celebration, with prizes awarded for top fundraisers as well as best youth and adult costumes. General Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under, and free for infants and toddlers. A Family registration rate is available for $95 as well. Additional details and registration are available online at www.walkrunwish.org. There is also an opportunity for “Virtual Walkers” who are participants who do not plan to attend the walk event, but want to fundraise to help make wishes come true. Virtual Walkers who raise over $100 for Make-A-Wish will receive a free Make-A-Wish t-shirt! Presented by Trinity Iowa Health System, all funds raised at Walk & Run for Wishes will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.
“We’re excited to present this community event that is not only fun for people of all ages and abilities, but one that really makes a difference for the courageous kids we work with every day,” said Janet Bantz Glavin, Community Relations Manager for Make-A-Wish Illinois.
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, 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.
Make-A-Wish Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 10,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across the state. For information, call 312.602.WISH (9474) or (309) 637-1659.