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Annual Jon Callaghan Turkey Trot event raises $15,500

Updated: February 24, 2013 2:09AM

The 19th annual Jon Callaghan Turkey Trot 5K run/walk fund-raiser in Gurnee raised a total of $15,000 that was recently distributed to several charities and a military family from Naval Station Great Lakes, who fell on hard times because of the husband’s deployment and a sick child.

The Gurnee Turkey Trot had 652 registered participants this year. The money raised was given to four local organizations and the military family in need.

Representatives from the Gurnee Turkey Trot Committee were on hand to hand out checks, including Mike and Kim Callaghan, Jon’s parents. Jon Callaghan was a student at O’Plaine School in Gurnee who passed away in 1997 after a courageous battle with neuroblastoma cancer.

Since then the funds raised have been used to help Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s Memorial Hospital Cancer Research, School District 56 Program for Learning Disabled, and many others.

Accepting checks this year were Pastor Christopher Stephens and High School Ministries Director, Michael Rivera, for the Gurnee Community Church Youth Missions Program. Dr. John Hutton, superintendent of Gurnee District 56 Schools accepted a check for the Special Needs Program. Susanne Simpson, Warren Township supervisor, accepted a check for the Warren Township Food Pantry.

Dr. Susan L. Cohn, from the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, accepted a check for their neuroblastoma research program. Dr. Cohn is a world-renowned leader in neuroblastoma research and was one of Jon Callaghan’s physicians.

This year, a portion of the proceeds was also given to a military family from Naval Station Great Lakes Training Center. The family has fallen on hard times due to a recent deployment to the Middle East and the illness of one of their children. The entire family was present and were moved by the effort to help them out.

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