Starry Night Chicago 8.5K
More than 600 walkers and runners from the Chicago area gathered on Oct. 3 for the Starry Night Chicago 8.5K, benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Stars Connor (left), Rosie and Jakub
bundle up in the chilly weather at the
Starry Night Chicago 8.5K event.
At start time, the event had raised $93,600 to help fund the foundation’s lifesaving research and life-changing family support programs.
The crowd gathered for the evening walk/run at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights to honor local children with brain tumors, our Stars: Bryan, Connor, Daniel, Emma, Garrett, Jakub, Kaylee, Kevin and Michael and Rosie.
Participants lit lanterns at the end of the event to honor children affected by a brain tumor diagnosis, including many who are no longer with us. At the event, participants enjoyed a finish line on Arlington International Racecourse and a performance by the Chapter 1 Band, featuring Star Michael.
The event’s Hero Awards honored Pat Mac's Pack and Dr. Rishi R. Lulla of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
As of Oct. 5, the top individual fundraiser was Rosie Colucci ($10,944) and the top team was Team Noah ($28,040).
Noah Willis lost his battle with a brain tumor just a week before the Starry Night Chicago event. However, he inspired hundreds of people to support the PBTF raising over $28,000. More than 80 members of Team Noah showed up in the wind and rain to light a lantern for him.
The Chicago event will continue to raise funds online until Nov. 3.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event, including committee members Julie Zahrebelski, Denise Greunsfelder and Mary Ann Kouvelis.