Walk for Brain Aneurysm Awareness raises nearly $30,000

  • Janet Sutherland Madden, center, with Christa Wellman of Forest Park, left, cheers on participants at the Chicago 5K Run/1.7 Mile Walk for Brain Aneurysm Awareness.

    Janet Sutherland Madden, center, with Christa Wellman of Forest Park, left, cheers on participants at the Chicago 5K Run/1.7 Mile Walk for Brain Aneurysm Awareness. Courtesy of Lee Balgemann

 
Posted10/1/2021 7:45 PM

One year after COVID canceled the full event, the Chicago 5K Run/1.7 Mile Walk for Brain Aneurysm Awareness returned at full strength Sunday morning.

The Sept. 26 event, held at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, attracted 350 participants and raised nearly $30,000.

 

Last year, Janet Sutherland Madden, who suffered an aneurysm 17 years ago, started the event to commemorate Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month and raise money and awareness in support of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Due to the pandemic, the Orland Park resident and her husband, Kevin Madden, held a small scale event which still raised nearly $6,500.

An estimated 6.5 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people.

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