Sixth annual Comer Kids' Classic funds pediatric care

Sixth annual Comer Kids' Classic funds pediatric care

Hundreds of runners and walkers who are committed to improving children's health will turn out the morning of Saturday, October 18 at 10 a.m. for the sixth annual Comer Kids' Classic.

Presented by U.S. Equities Realty and PMA Consultants, the event will raise funds to support patient care and research underway at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Opened in 2005, the Comer Children's Hospital and its staff of pediatric specialists are dedicated to providing top-notch care for kids and their families in a state-of-the-art environment.

Among the many children who have benefitted from treatment at Comer is 11-year-old Jimmy Mohan, who battled a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma when he was 4. Physicians found a tumor between Jimmy's ear and brain, and it had also spread to his lung. After a tough year of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, Jimmy was declared cancer-free and has returned to the activities he loves such as soccer, baseball, and karate.

To show their gratitude, Jimmy's parents, Daniel and Jean, started the Comer Kids' Classic to make sure other children get the same advanced treatment and care that saved their son's life.

"My family is so thankful that Comer Children's Hospital had the facilities and expertise to help Jimmy. Every year more and more people are realizing how important it is to have this high level of pediatric care in our area. The Comer Kids' Classic is a way we can make sure that care continues," Daniel Mohan says.

The 5K run/walk winds through a USATF-certified course through historic Hyde Park. The course will start and end at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools on 58th Street between Kimbark and Kenwood avenues. The Comer Kids' Classic is a family-friendly event for people to come out, cheer the participants, and relax and have fun.

Early registration is $25 for adults for the 5K run/walk, and $10 for the Kids' Dash.
To register online, go to: or call Special Events Management at (773) 868-3010. Registration the day of the event is $30 for the run/walk and $10 for the Kids' Dash.

Warm up for the 5K race begins at 9:45 a.m. on the University of Chicago Quad at 58th Street and University Avenue.

For more information, runners and walkers should call (773) 868-3010. Media should contact Martha O'Connell at (773) 834-8089 to reach the Mohan family or for more information.