ATI Foundation to host Metal Walk & Fun Run

June 20 event benefits children with physical impairments

Staff Report

The ATI Foundation will host its annual Metal Walk & Fun Run Saturday.

The dual event will raise funds for local children with physical impairments and will begin at 10 a.m. at Silver Cross Field, 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive, Joliet. The day will start and finish at the home of the Joliet Slammers, and will be followed by food, entertainment, kid’s activities and prizes. Presentations to local ATI Foundation beneficiaries will aso take place during the celebration.

Mya, age 12, of Bourbonnais will be a special honoree at this year’s event.

She is currently fighting bone cancer in her femur and is in the middle of a treatment plan that includes 40 weeks of intensive chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. The hope is that the tumor will shrink enough so a cadaver bone can replace her current femur.

Support from the Metal Walk & Fun Run will help provide financial assistance for her chemo sessions not covered by insurance and other expenses related to her care and recovery. 

The Metal Walk portion of the event honors a unique population of patients who have overcome the challenge of joint replacement. Metal Walkers are not only the recipients, but also support teams of friends and family members who walk with them.

Participants will enjoy a scenic 1K course through historic downtown Joliet and will be treated to entertainment, food and celebration at the finish line.

The Fun Run is a 5K open to all competitive runners, leisurely joggers and walkers of all levels. Participants can run, jog, walk, wheelchair and ride arm-bikes through historic downtown Joliet. Food, entertainment and family fun will be waiting at the finish line.

A $10 donation the day of the event will include food and beverage (non-alcoholic) ticket, door prize ticket, live entertainment, a and kid’s entertainment area. Event shirts can also be purchased.

Registration for the Metal Walk & Fun Run can be completed online at Donation is $35 thereafter. Participants with orthopedic implants and kids 12 and under are free Event day registration starts at 9 a.m., and the event begins at 10 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt, entrance to the post-event celebration, door prize ticket and lunch voucher.

Proceeds from the Metal Walk & Fun Run benefit the ATI Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children with physical impairments in need of medical and financial resources.

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