More than 500 people join Clearbrook's first run/walk

  • Clients from Clearbrook's Becky, Bangor, Oakdale, Wheatland, Whitcomb and Dwyer Community Integrated Living Arrangements enjoy the festivities at Clearbrook's first run/walk.

    Clients from Clearbrook's Becky, Bangor, Oakdale, Wheatland, Whitcomb and Dwyer Community Integrated Living Arrangements enjoy the festivities at Clearbrook's first run/walk. Courtesy of Tim Jones

 
Submitted by Juliann Carlson
Updated 9/30/2019 11:57 AM

With rain threatening, staff setting up for Clearbrook's first Step It Up for Clearbrook 5K Run/One Mile Walk noticed a rainbow streaking across the sky. That seemed to set the tone for the rest of the morning.

The walk/run took place Sept. 21 at Cronin Park in Arlington Heights. Approximately 500 people registered to get their steps in for a good cause -- helping Clearbrook to provide innovative support, opportunities and services to those with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

There was something fun for everyone, from a Fun Zone and Kids Dash for kids, to a "Share Your Story" tent, where individuals could write their "why they walk" on a Clearbrook shoe or share their story on film.

One participant wrote in response to the question "what's your why?" that "Clearbrook gives everyone a chance to live their best life!"

Clearbrook would like to thank its individuals as well as their families, staff and the community for participating in the event, making for an outstanding turnout. More than $50,000 was raised, something that could not have been achieved without their support.

Clearbrook also appreciates the event's sponsors, including TerSera Therapeutics, Enterprise Fleet Management, Gallagher, DecisionOne Dental Partners, BakerTilly, BMO Harris Bank, A Better Hope Foundation, Favorite Healthcare Staffing, Mainstay, Dr. AJ Acierno, Superb Janitorial Services, Gerry's Café, Starbucks, Corner Bakery and the Dunkin' Donuts at 2106 S. Arlington Heights Road.

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For information, contact Annie Palubicki at (847) 385-5005 or apalubicki@clearbrook.org.

What started in 1955 as a parent's response to the unmet educational requirements of their children with special needs, Clearbrook is now a leader in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Clearbrook is committed to creating innovative opportunities, services and supports for people with disabilities. Each year, Clearbrook serves more than 8,000 children and adults -- as well as their families -- in more than 160 communities throughout northern Illinois.

Clearbrook provides personalized children's, adult day, employment, residential and clinical services at more than 50 locations throughout the Chicago area and is the largest provider of home-based services in the state of Illinois. Employing more than 900 people, Clearbrook reports that 92 percent of every dollar raised goes directly into programs and services.

For information, visit www.clearbrook.org.

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