(June 21st- Chicago, IL) On June 15th, eighteen Focus team members joined more than 2,000 participants to take part in the annual Gibbons 5k run and 3K walk along the lake shore. Runners and walkers braved the heat to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation, in order to raise funds to support a search for a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and blood cancers of all types.
For over 20 years, the Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk has been a staple summer event in downtown Chicago and has raised over $1.3 million in donations for the LRF over the last two decades. Runners and walkers enjoyed classic views of the Chicago skyline, with the race starting at the southern end of Chicago’s Grant Park and looping along the lakeshore’s north to south path, passing the Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus, the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park.
The event also featured a Heroes of Hope tent, a space dedicated to honoring blood cancer patients and survivors, offering an opportunity for those touched by the disease to gather. The Heroes of Hope also consisted of running/walking teams of those with personal experience battling the disease and offered a platform for them to tell their stories; those stories are available on the Gibbons website.
Runners from the Focus team shined above the rest. Akshay Koneru, Gosia Bajor and Focus CEO, Tim Anderson all placed third in their respective age groups. This year was Focus’ first year participating in the event.
More about the Leukemia Research Foundation
The LRF is dedicated to funding research and providing support to those touched by blood cancers. Located in Northfield, IL the Leukemia Research Foundations mission is to conquer all blood cancers by funding research into their cause and cures while enriching the lives of those dealing with the disease directly or indirectly. Since its inception, the LRF and its 24 member chapters have raised over $60 million to specifically fund aspiring, eager and innovative scientists and physicians around the world who are committed to curing blood cancers. To learn more about the LRF and its multiple programs please visit: www.allbloodcancers.org