The 14th annual RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children's Hospital raised more than $315,000 to support pediatric research at the University of Chicago Medicine.
More than 1,900 runners and walkers toed the starting line at the Oct. 16 race, which started and ended on the University of Chicago's main quad. The family-friendly event included a 5K run/walk, a kids' dash and a kids' mile. It is one of the main fundraisers for the 172-bed children's hospital.
Contributions from the race help UChicago Medicine physicians conduct research into childhood illnesses and disease. That, in turn, helps the hospital provide the best possible care for young patients.
"We're so profoundly grateful to all the families and organizations that come together each year for this very special event, which has become a mainstay for the Hyde Park neighborhood and the Chicago running community," said John Cunningham, MD, chairman of the department of pediatrics. "The money raised each year supports our vital work to improve children's health and fight childhood diseases."
Formally called the Comer Kids' Classic, the race began in 2002 and is now part of Royal Bank of Canada's RBC Race for the Kids series.
"I was thrilled to take part in this year's RBC Race for the Kids Chicago for the first time, and I am grateful that I did," said John Thurlow, RBC managing director and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Capital Markets. "Our support was so greatly appreciated by the hospital staff itself and its adjoining communities, and I was proud to be part of the RBC Chicago team that led the drive to push this year's race to record fundraising totals and a record number of participants. Thank you team RBC Chicago for the great work that you do on behalf of Comer Children's Hospital, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of it."
RBC Race for the Kids is an exciting series of 12 charitable runs supporting children’s causes in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States. Increasing in popularity every year, RBC Race for the Kids events have attracted more than 110,000 participants to date, and raised over $CAD 26.5 million for children’s charities around the world. The races are part of RBC’s larger commitment to kids and youth through the RBC Kids Pledge, a five-year, $100 million promise to improve the well-being of one million kids and youth.