Run for Prentice in 2011 Chicago Marathon
'Run for Prentice’ in the 2011 Chicago Marathon, contribute to women’s health in Chicago
The 2011 Chicago Marathon sold out in a mere 31 days, but a limited number of spots are still available through Run for Prentice, a fundraising initiative of Friends of Prentice, a group of clinicians, patients and supporters of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. This year, Friends of Prentice will dedicate its 2011 Run for Prentice fundraising efforts to the Prentice Ambulatory Care (PAC) clinic, a program that provides obstetrics and gynecologic care to uninsured and underinsured women in Chicago.
“We are thrilled to be part of the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and this year is especially exciting because we are contributing to another vital area in women’s health,” said Trina Gordon McCallister, Friends of Prentice board president. “Whether you’re racing yourself or serving as a sponsor, we can make a great contribution to advancing medicine in the area of women’s health.”
The PAC clinic, which is modeled after a standard obstetrics/gynecology physician practice, emphasizes continuity of care. The multi-disciplinary clinic provides care for women including gynecological, prenatal and postpartum care, blood work, fetal testing, patient education and counseling. Money raised through the race will benefit clinical, research and education initiatives that support women’s health at all stages of life.
“The clinic has a critical role in providing a medical home for underserved women. The funds raised will help with research and education to help women in the community gain access to high-quality care,” said Ann Schramm, director of women’s health at Prentice Women’s Hospital. “The support from the community is overwhelming and we are so honored that this year’s funds will go towards the clinic.”
To register for the now sold-out October 9, 2011 race and join the Run for Prentice team, runners are asked to raise $1,000 in addition to the marathon entry fee. Participants already registered for the race but looking for a rewarding cause to support can still sign up to Run for Prentice and agree to raise a minimum of $750. Non-running supporters also can further the mission of Friends of Prentice by making a direct contribution on the organization’s web site.
Northwestern Memorial obstetrician and gynecologist Julie Levitt, MD is running the marathon in honor of the moms and babies she cares for each day. “As a physician, I see firsthand how research and education initiatives make a difference in women’s lives,” said Levitt. “To run a marathon is a great feat in itself, but to be able to do it surrounded by a group of people supporting one another all with a common goal is invaluable.”
In appreciation of the runners’ generous pledges, members of Run for Prentice will have access to an 18-week training program, running gear, social and fundraising events, coaching support seminars and access to a panel of medical experts from Northwestern Memorial as well as additional incentives based on fundraising levels.
Friends of Prentice, the official fundraising board of Prentice Women’s Hospital, has supported women’s health initiatives for nearly 25 years by raising money for critical issues including bringing high risk pregnancies to term successfully, advancing research in women’s cancers, and providing ongoing patient and physician education. The group is the first and only Northwestern Memorial philanthropic organization to be associated with the Chicago Marathon.
For registration and additional details on Run for Prentice and Friends of Prentice, please visit http://runforprentice.org or contact Kristin Clark at 312-926-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Also visit the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Web site, www.ChicagoMarathon.com, for more race information.