Thank You for Celebrating With Us!

4,000 participants and 185 teams joined together to walk, run and celebrate on National Cancer Survivors Day.

Sunshine and blue skies set the stage for the sea of purple (worn by cancer survivors) and white t-shirts seen walking and running along the lakefront path, and enjoying the celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park. Highlights included:

    Dr. Leonidas Platanias and Ann Lurie
    Dr. Leonidas Platanias and Ann Lurie
  • Oncologist Dr. Mark Agulnik welcomed runners and helped to start the 5K, together with Kathy Burke, a 31-year Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor. “Hitting the 30-year survival mark last year was absolutely surreal,” said Burke. “Without the expertise of my treatment team at the Lurie Cancer Center and the support of Chicago's running community, I could never have taken the first step.”   View the 5K race results »
  • “Bob would be thrilled by this celebration,” said Ann Lurie as she joined Dr. Leon Platanias on the stage. “I still think about him every day. When he was a patient, Bob encouraged everyone he encountered to ‘stop and smell the roses.’ I know that he would embrace this moment and share my pride in Lurie Cancer Center’s ongoing dedication to individualized and compassionate care.” Watch on YouTube »
  • “All of us celebrating here together share a deep commitment to improving the lives of cancer patients, now and in the years to come,” said Dr. Platanias, Director of the Lurie Cancer Center. Together, he and Ann Lurie led the countdown to launch the 24th Annual Walk.
  • Dermatologists from Lurie Cancer Center’s Oncodermatology Program offered free skin checks and sun safety tips at the Skin Cancer Screening Tent.
  • Be the Match” provided an opportunity to register as a potential marrow donor. A simple cheek swab is all it takes to become someone’s hero!
  • ABC7’s Windy City Live co-host, Ryan Chiaverini, created “Team Edna,” to honor his mother and raise funds for cancer research. Chiaverini shared his desire to celebrate her memory by doing things that she loved to do. “Running was not one of them,” he told the crowd, adding that she would have loved the community support and spirit of the Cancer Survivors’ Celebration.
  • Chuck Maniscalco and sons
    Chuck Maniscalco and his sons
  • The  “Faces of Cancer” banners posted along the Walk and 5K route honored cancer survivors, including Chuck Maniscalco, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in October 2016. “Eight months later I am not just alive, I am back in my life,” he told cancer survivors and supporters after running the 5K. “I ran that race today with my sons — and I wanted to be able to tell you is that I kicked their butts. Unfortunately, that’s not true. I was holding on to their shirts at the end, but I ran that race!” 

    Maniscalco’s response to the targeted treatment offered through Lung OncoSET, an extension of Lurie Cancer Center’s OncoSET Precision Medicine Program, was dramatic “Many people, myself included, called it a miracle. It was not a miracle. I owe it to the care that I received at Lurie Cancer Center, and, ultimately, I owe it to research.”

Through your dedication and fundraising efforts, the 2017 Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K raised more than $377,000 to help Lurie Cancer Center translate knowledge gained from research into life-saving new treatments and world-class cancer care — and we’re still counting.  Please consider making a gift to help us reach our goal!

We’ll see you next year at the 25th Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K!


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Thank you! The efforts of our participants and fundraising teams raised more than $377,000 to advance lifesaving research at the Lurie Cancer Center. It’s not too late to help us achieve our goals!

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