Bronson Run & Walk Celebrates Record Attendance
The community came out in record breaking numbers on Sunday for the Bronson Children’s Hospital Run & Walk. Two-thousand people joined in the annual event to support services for young patients at Bronson Children's Hospital. More than $154,000 was raised through registrations, donations and sponsorships. That’s a 58 percent increase from just two years ago.
Competitive 5k runners led the race, followed by hundreds of walkers, including many families with children. Volunteers from community organizations cheered the participants on at seven excitement zones along the route. Before the start of the race, children participated in fun and educational activities related to children’s health.
"We are thrilled to see how this event keeps growing every year. It demonstrates how much our community cares about helping ill or injured children and their families,” said Terry Morrow, vice president of development and community health for Bronson Healthcare.
This year, one of the featured initiatives the race proceeds will help fund through the Bronson Health Foundation is a video camera system in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The system will allow families to use a special log-in password so they can view live video of their newborn when they can’t be at the bedside.
Other services supported by the run & walk include child life and art and music therapy. Many times these programs are not covered, or are only partially covered by insurance. Each year, there are nearly 60,000 inpatient and outpatient visits at Bronson Children's Hospital, and no child is ever turned away because their family cannot pay.
Donations are still being accepted on the event page at bronsonhealth.com/runwalk, or by contacting the Bronson Health Foundation at (269) 341-8100.