Genevaâ€”Beautiful weather and more than 1,500 participants, plus a record-breaking $240,000 in fundraising, helped make the fifth annual LivingWell Bridge Walk at Fabyan Parkway on May 15 a success.
The 129 teams and supporters gathered early in the morning, dressed in a rainbow of T-shirt colors and symbolic attire to celebrate the teams represented, from the feathery finery worn by the Tranquility Flockers, to the many T-shirts with photos of loved ones being honored.
As all the walkers enjoyed coffee and treats, LivingWell Board Chairman Terry Murphy presented a plaque to the Shodeen Family Foundation for their five-year commitment as the Bridge Walk event sponsor.
After a moment of silence in honor of all LivingWell participants who lost their fight this past year, all the survivors joined for the â€œCelebration Walkâ€ in honor of their journey and life. In a touching tribute, American Idol celebrity Leslie Hunt sang â€œWe are the Championsâ€ as the survivors walked through a path lined with cheering members of the St. Charles and Geneva Drill Teams and Color Guard.
Seven teams broke LivingWellâ€™s five-year team fundraising records, with the new record being $16,302, raised by â€œKathyâ€™s Circle,â€ led by Glenn Harks in memory of his late wife. Other records were broken by St. Charles East High School, with $11,000 raised, and Lindaâ€™s Lions with $6,875 raised.
Tom Wright, CEO of Delnor Hospital, called the Bridge Walk â€œthe best party ever.â€ Special Events Coordinator Sue Mielke said, â€œWe are so grateful to the 65 sponsors and in-kind donors, and the 60-plus volunteers who planned and helped on walk day and all the amazing Bridge Walk walkers. They are all our LivingWell angels.â€
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center provides information and support services that address the challenges of people living with cancer, their family members and their friends. All services are provided at no charge to participants. LivingWell offers networking and support groups, educational programs, mind-body fitness classes, youth programs, a library, individual psychological and nutritional counseling and other services. The center is at 1803 W. State St. in Geneva and online at www.LivingWellCRC.org. LivingWell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be called at (630) 262-1111. LivingWell is a certified 501(c) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Delnor Heath System.
Photo: Members of the LivingWell Breast Cancer Boot Camp Team gathered together to celebrate. The LivingWell Breast Cancer Boot Camp has been funded through a grant provided by Bears Care, the charitable foundation of the Chicago Bears Football Team. Courtesy Photo