In recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Month, a local nonprofit is putting on McHenry County’s first 5K to raise money and awareness for individuals with the chronic, incurable disorder.
Margaret Chase of Huntley created the Lou Bird Foundation in honor of her daughter, who was diagnosed with epilepsy last October at age 2.
The organization is composed of area moms with children who have epilepsy or now are seizure-free.
“It gives us an outlet to give back to the community and do something for our kids, too,” Chase said.
Because she runs 5Ks, Chase decided to host one as her foundation’s first major fundraiser, and she hopes the Lou Bird 5K will continue every year.
The run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at Betsey Warrington Park,
12209 W. Main St. Residents in or near the Lions Chase neighborhood should keep any eye out for runners.
Chase said as of Tuesday, 186 runners had signed up.
Participants will be entered into a free raffle. There also will be face painting, pumpkin decorating and a visit from Santa Claus at the finish line.
Proceeds will help pay for medication and transportation for local residents living with epilepsy.
Chase said events such as this are important because some individuals have to go through several different medications before they find an effective treatment, which can be costly without the right insurance.
She said in her daughter’s case, it took six different medications before her seizures stopped.
For information about the Lou Bird Foundation or to sign up for the event, visit loubird.org/events. The entry fee is $35.