Well-known and active in the community, the Lovins family has been in Huntley for generations. Michael, the third of seven Lovins siblings, was a seemingly healthy volunteer fireman and father of two. It was a shock to everyone when suddenly, at the age of 47, he suffered three strokes and two heart attacks. It took months for the doctors to diagnose the cause - stage 4 prostate cancer.
Michael had never been tested for prostate cancer. Though he fought hard, he lost his battle two and a half years ago. For the entire Lovins family, Michael's illness was life changing. Amy, the youngest sibling, decided to completely switch careers due to the impact Michael had on her. She began studying exercise and science, and has since found her calling in healthcare.
"Each one of us has handled Michael's death in a different way," says Amy, who ran the 5K at the SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run last year with her husband. "This year we’ve decided to gather as a group at the event and seek closure to this painful chapter in our family’s history."
More than 30 members of the Lovins Cure Team, including Michael’s parents, children, and most of his siblings, will make the trek to Lincoln Park in Chicago on September 15 to participate in the 2013 SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run. Let’s join them to honor the memory of Michael Lovins and to show support for all families whose lives have been affected by prostate cancer.
If you haven’t already done so, there’s still time to register to participate in the event. It’s the largest fundraiser to support Us TOO International and Wellness Place, two 501(c)3 non-profit organizations committed to providing prostate cancer survivors and their families with vital services free of charge!
ONLINE REGISTRATION for the 2013 SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run
CLOSES TONIGHT, 9/12/13, at midnight.
Receive a $5.00 discount on the event registration with the promotion code SEABLUE4U.
The event packet (t-shirt, swag bag, runner bib) can be picked up prior to the event:
Fri. 9/13/13, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Us TOO International
5003 Fairview Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Or, event packets can be picked up on site on the morning of the event.
Participants can also register on-site at the event on Sunday, September 15, beginning at 8:00 am.
T-shirts will be available while supplies last.
The SEA Blue event will be held rain or shine! Event Donations will be accepted until 10/31/13.
The 5K Run begins at 9:00 am and the Celebration Walk starts at 10:00 am. There’s also a variety of activities throughout the day.
* Free PSA testing
* Free lunch - pizza and salad
* Survivor group photo
* Meet Steve Sanders, WGN TV anchor and prostate cancer survivor
* Meet Amy Gregario, Mrs. International 2013
* Jesse White Tumblers performance
* Prize drawings
* Bounce house, washable tattoos and face painting for the kids
* Big-screen TV streaming Bears vs. Vikings game live until 1:00 pm
* PLUS - new this year - Physician Presentations (See details below.)
PROSTATE CANCER PRESENTATIONS FROM PHYSICIANS AT SEA BLUE EVENT
Visit the NorthShore University Health Systems Education Tent for free presentations from nationally recognized experts! There will be several short presentations on topics including understanding treatment options, active surveillance, sex and intimacy after prostate cancer, and the latest developments in treatment for advanced prostate cancer.
Bring in your breakfast or lunch while you learn more about these important topics. There will be experts available to answer questions throughout the day. We’ll also have books and fun giveaways for attending the presentations!
9:00 am Gerald Chodak, MD - Preparing to See Your Provider: Understanding Treatment Options and Questions to Ask
9:15 am Dan Shevrin, MD - What’s New in Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment?
9:30 am Jeff Albaugh, PhD, APRN - Life after Prostate Cancer: Sex and Intimacy
11:00 am Gerald Chodak, MD - Preparing to See Your Provider: Understanding Treatment Options and Questions to Ask
11:15 am Jeff Albaugh, PhD, APRN - Life After Prostate Cancer: Sex and Intimacy
11:30 am Dan Shevrin, MD - What’s New in Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment?
11:45 am Brian Helfand, MD - What is Active Surveillance?
PARKING AND SHUTTLE INFORMATION
Parking lots (fee charged) are located at:
Clark & LaSalle
Lakeshore Drive (at Lincoln Park Zoo)
Free remote parking is located at:
2525 South Michigan Ave.
Shuttle service departs from Mercy Hospital to Lincoln Park at 8:00 am and 9:00 am.
Shuttle service departs from Lincoln Park to Mercy Hospital at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm.
We hope to see you there!