Second annual Rosecrance 5K supports recovery

Runners take off at the start of the “Every Step Counts” 5K Walk/Run August 6, 2017 at Rosecrance Berry Campus.

Rosecrance hosted its second annual 5K walk/run August 6 to support Rosecrance programs and families who seek treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. “Every Step Counts” was held at Rosecrance Berry Campus and brought together over 450 people across Northern Illinois. The event raised over $40,000.

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton speaks to the attendees at “Every Step Counts” August 6, 2017.

“We are touched daily by the stories, the feedback, the community support, by people asking us, is there an opportunity for us to help, so we can be part of this mission and this work? That is truly humbling in a community that has many needs,” said Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton.

Rosecrance’s own Matt Larson led runners in yoga & stretching exercises before and after the 5K.

Several special guests & mascots joined the activities this year, posing for photos and cheering on the runners. Attendees enjoyed a dash through the bubble machine as part of the 5K course.

Andrew Stutzke from WIFR emceed the event. The opening ceremony included an introduction from  Rosecrance Inc. President David Gomel, a prayer from Director of Clergy & Alumni Services Fr. Jim Swarthout, and the national anthem sung by Rosecrance employee Margie Tennin.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.