Lew Blond Run Unifies Community for Great Cause for 18 Years
Read the latest 22nd Century Media article by Neil Milbert about The Lew Blond Run at http://www.glenviewlantern.com/news-community/memorial-5k-brings-whole-community-together
Although Maple School teacher Lew Blond lost his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) 19 years ago, his memory continues to inspire the District 30 community to fight for a cure for this cruel disease, which usually affects people between the ages of 40-70 years old.
Approximately 20,000 American have ALS at any given time, and over 6,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.
The first Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run was initiated in 2000 to raise funds for ALS research in Lew's memory, to support high school scholarships at District 225, and to be used for special school projects at District 30.
However, no one could have predicted the success of this fundraiser, which just concluded its 18th year supporting ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation in Skokie. Over $500,000 has been donated to the Foundation for ALS research and to the Stu Rosen Transportation Fund since 2000.
At the 18th Annual Lew Blond Run, which was held on May 19 at Maple School, ALS patient Patti Greer was participating in a purple racing wheelchair with her family and a thousand plus other people. However, it was the mother of two's look of strength and determination on her face throughout the morning that was a true inspiration.
Lew Blond's family was also in attendance: Mariette Blond, his 93-year-old mother, sister Barbara Blond, and wife Therese Blond Davis.
After the awards were handed out by Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and Maple Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, Ms. Greer spoke to the audience.
"Words can't express the gratitude I feel for all of the support that you have given to ALS research all of these years. Thank you so very much for being a part of this family and this fight for a cure for ALS!" she said.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley stated, "I continue to feel blessed to be a part of this caring district and community, and am inspired by the passion and investment of this cause that continues to be a unifying community event!"
Lew Blond Executive Committee chair Dr. Nate Carter expressed his appreciation by saying, "This race is a wonderful example of true team effort and what happens when good people get together for a worthy purpose. Success!"
The team of support for the Lew Blond Run year-after-year includes District 30 administrators, staff members, community volunteers, and generous sponsors!
A huge and heartfelt thank-you to the generous sponsors of the 18th Lew Blond Run: Whiltehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center (Ashley Delaney), The Dolins Group, Ltd., Jet International, Friedman and Huey, The Glenview State Bank, World Strides, GoGo Squeez, District 30 staff, Costco Wholesale, BodyArmor Super Drink, Dunkin Donuts, Anthony Rocco's Collision, BG, Blond Family, Carter Crew, David Abraham, Elements Massage, Eye Level of Northbrook, Factory Motor Parts, Monster Entertainment, Sanders Hardware Supply, Inc., Tint World, Wegley Family, and Wildfire, Glenview.
5K First Place for Men - Steffan Uhrich
5K Second Place for Men - Ben Schmeckpeper
5K First Place for Women -Nancy Werner
5K Second Place for Men - Emily Azari
1 Mile Run Winners were Niko Via and Ryan Carr