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It Was a Successful Day for Lew Blond Memorial 5K

Over 850 people participated in the 12th annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run, which was held on June 2, 2012 at Maple School, Northbrook. The Overall 5K Male Winner was Daniel Cheung, Northbrook. He was also first place winner last year. The Overall 5K Female Winner was Carol Sullivan, Glenview. This popular fundraising event was first organized 12 years ago to memorialize Lew Blond, beloved Maple School teacher who passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 2000. Lew Blond's daughters Julianne, his mother Marietta Blond, sister Barbara Blond all attended this year's race, as they have done since its inception.

Funds are raised through sponsorships, entry fees and donations which are used to support research through the Les Turner (ALS) Foundation,provide scholarships for graduating seniors at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools, and allows special projects to be implemented at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. This year's scholarship winners were Glenbrook North High School's Eleni Artemas and Glenbrook South High School's Marc Ja'come.

Over $90,000 of the funds raised from the Lew Blond Run have been donated to the Les Turner (ALS) Foundation since 2001, with a portion directed to the Stu Rosen Transportation Fund, which was established to assist patients afflicted with ALS to get to and from their medical appointments.

The Lew Blond Run consists of a 5K Run/Walk and a One Mile Run. The event attracts a wide range of participants. It is supported by School District 30 and the Lew Blond Memorial 5K nonprofit organization.

Proceeds benefit research through the ALS Foundation and are used for identified School District 30 projects. Race proceeds also fund scholarships for former Maple School students intending to pursue careers in education following graduation from Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools.

The race is USTFA (United States Track and Field Association) certified and is CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) registered.

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