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Join us at the Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run Walk on June 8, 2014.

Our heroes come in many shapes and sizes, from the kids who so bravely fight for their lives to the physicians and staff who wear white coats and scrubs instead of super hero capes. Whoever your hero may be, we invite you to join us as we celebrate health, inspire hope and honor our heroes at the 2014 Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk.

Sunday, June 8
9:00 a.m.
Loyola University Medical Center

We are proud to introduce our 2014 Loyola Heroes:

Owen Wills, Age 3
Three-year-old Owen was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center from his home in New Lenox after an accident with a riding lawnmower in October. Owen spent a month in the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital and had three surgeries, including a partial amputation of his right foot and reconstruction of his left leg. Through Loyola's partnership with Shriner's Hospital for Children, doctors fitted Owen with a prosthesis and he began physical therapy to learn to walk again.

Just four months later, Owen was running, walking and playing again. His family and friends are joining together on Team Owen at the Health, Hope & Heroes 5K to show their appreciation for the care Owen received at Loyola.

Watch Owen's story here.

Abbey Cousins, Age 4
Four-year-old Abbey was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) last year. Her dad, a local paramedic who often transports patients to Loyola University Medical Center, knew the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital was the best place for Abbey to be treated. Dr. Eugene Suh and Loyola's pediatric oncology team worked with Abbey's family to create her treatment plan, which included month-long hospital stays after each chemotherapy treatment.

Today, after four rounds of chemotherapy, Abbey is in remission. Her family will join us at the Health, Hope & Heroes 5K as we celebrate Abbey's courage and infectious smile.

Watch Abbey's story here.

Mia Fiorini, Age 7
Mia was born more than three months premature, weighing 2 pounds, 5 ounces. She developed a serious infection and surgeons had to remove part of her digestive track. Mia spent six months in Loyola’s Level-III neonatal intensive care unit and much of the first two years of her life at the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital. Mia is now a healthy, active first grader, thanks to the care she received at Loyola.

Watch Mia's story here.