In an effort to help battle childhood illnesses, a dedicated group of runners set off from the Midwestern University Campus in Downers Grove on August 1, 2014 to run nearly 160 miles to Peoria, IL. This marks the 16th year that Midwestern University has hosted the kick-off of the annual St. Jude Chicago to Peoria relay-style run.
The run is part of a nationwide effort to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the largest childhood cancer research center in the world. Since 1982, the runs have raised more than $31 million for research and assistance to children undergoing treatment at St. Jude. This year, the Chicago to Peoria Run netted more than $346,000 for the St. Jude's kids.
Midwestern University's support of the St. Jude run is another example of the University's commitment to community service. For the past several years, the University has earned a spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a national recognition awarded to colleges and universities committed to bettering their communities through service and service-learning.