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5K run will benefit children's programs and charities

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  • The Briere family of Vernon Hills is planning the third annual 5K run in memory of son and brother Ryan, who died in January 2011.

      The Briere family of Vernon Hills is planning the third annual 5K run in memory of son and brother Ryan, who died in January 2011.
    Courtesy of Lori Briere

 
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The Briere family of Vernon Hills is planning the third annual 5K run in memory of son and brother Ryan, who died in January 2011.

The event on Sept. 8 raises money for educational programs and various children's charities.

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Walk-up registration is 7:30 a.m. for the run, which kicks off at 9 a.m. at Century Park North, 1401 Indianwood Drive, Vernon Hills. Visit www.ryanbrierefoundation.org for information or to register.

Activities include a kiddie sprint, "Very Funny Magic" with Dennis DeBondt, balloon artist, inflatable bounce house, face painting and Kid Snips. Raffle prizes include a weekend stay at The InterContinental Barclay New York and a one-night stay at the InterContinental San Francisco. The event will be emceed by Lou Loiben of Personalities, Inc.

Proceeds benefit the foundation's multiyear commitment to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. As part of the new hospital, scheduled to open in 2017, the foundation will dedicate a children's activity area in Ryan's memory and spirit. The area will serve as a place of enjoyment, inspiration and healing for the hospital's young patients.

Ryan died Jan. 11, 2011, just three weeks before his third birthday. From a very early age, he displayed an advanced awareness of the world around him and genuinely cared for others.

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