Record turnout for Care4 cancer walk
About 2,380 runners and walkers attended the 12th annual Family Health Partnership Clinic Care4 Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk at Woodstock North High School Oct. 21.
The number of runners, in addition to a record 650 volunteers, made this year’s event the biggest to date.
“It was phenomenal,” said Liz Annetti, event coordinator for FHPC. “The weather was perfect. It could not have been a more beautiful day for a race.”
The run/walk, which has been held at WNHS the past two years, raised about $185,000 for FHPC’s breast cancer fund last year. Officials said this year’s event raised $165,000 before the day of the race. Money raised the day of the event was still being totaled as of The Independent’s Monday press deadline, but officials expect to at least equal last year’s fundraising total.
“Word has been spreading about what a great event this is,” Annetti said. “The event is not just about the race. It’s a way for us to come together, to remember those no longer with us.”
The money raised will be used this year to pay for screenings and preventative care for more than 500 FHPC patients.
“Seeing the community come together for a great cause [is amazing],” Annetti said. “It’s really unbelievable.”
About 40 volunteer “chiefs” took on leadership roles for specific aspects of the event, including parking, running the information table and more.
“We have had such great support,” Annetti said.
Annetti thanked the sponsors of the event, including presenting sponsor Sage Products, and thanked participants for their patience the day of the race.
“We had to delay the start of the race by about 10 minutes,” Annetti said, noting that the shuttles from the McHenry County Government Center ran longer than expected. “We just had so many people. That’s a good problem to have, and everybody was so patient.”