Wellness House Hinsdale run and walk brings in big bucks

The Wellness House in Hinsdale set a new record for its annual fundraising run and walk Sunday.

The goal of the organization, which offers free programs for cancer patients and their families, was to raise $425,000.

As of Monday morning, $500,000 had been contributed.

“That number will go up,” said Jim Hallene, chairman of the Wellness House Board.

Participation, too, soared.

“Last year, we had 1,700 people and that was a record. This year, there were 2,200,” Hallene said. “It was incredible.”

The theme of this year’s event, which was held on May 4, was Star Wars, with a play on words of the expression, may the fourth we with you, and a few Darth Vaders and Princess Leias joined the crowd.

Participants had their choice of a 3k walk, a timed 5k run, or an untimed 5k fun run.

The cool weather Sunday morning was ideal for runners, said Hallene, who ran with his wife and four children.

The route started and ended at the Wellness House, at 131 N. County Line Road, and looped through northeastern Hinsdale.

Many people are misinformed and think Wellness House provides hospice, but it doesn’t, Hallene said. The organization offers 250 different exercise, stress management, art and other programs to improve people’s physical and emotional well-being while they battle cancer.

“The walk is a great way for participants to see the community around them supports them, and for donors to meet face-to-face the people who benefit from the services at Wellness House,” Hallene said. “It comes together on that day.”

For more information, about Wellness House, call 630-323-5150, or look at the website, www.wellnesshouse.org. Race results are posted on the website.

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