PJ Fleck honorary starter of Bronson Children’s Hospital benefit race – MLive.com

KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan University Football Coach P.J. Fleck will fire up the crowd as this year’s honorary starter for the 2015 Bronson Children’s Hospital 5K Run & Walk through downtown Kalamazoo at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.

New this year, pre-race children’s activities and costumed characters.

Activities and late registration begin at 11 a.m. at the Bronson Methodist Hospital parking lot at the corner of John and Lovell streets. The race starts at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a brief awards program. In addition to the 3.1 mile course, a 1 mile course will also be available.

The event, organized each year by the Bronson Health Foundation,  is designed to draw both competitive runners and families as they all head for the finish line in support of children’s health. 

As the only children’s hospital in southwest and south central Michigan, Bronson Children’s Hospital provides care in every pediatric specialty. Patients are never turned away because their families cannot pay.

Participants in the 5K Run & Walk are helping fund-life enhancing services for hospitalized children that relieve fear and anxiety, and alleviate pain. Services include child life specialists, art and music therapy and the Journey Beads program. This specialized care helps young patients heal physically, emotionally and psychologically, but it is often not covered or only partially covered by insurance.

This year, funds raised by the 5K Run & Walk will also help Bronson Children’s Hospital provide needed updates to its transport services, including an aging ambulance that’s designed specifically for transporting babies from throughout the region to Bronson’s neonatal intensive care unit. “This transport vehicle is 12 years old and at the end of its working life,” said Terry Morrow, vice president of development, and executive director of Bronson Health Foundation.

The foundation hopes to raise funds to replace it and a second ambulance designed for pediatric patients. “These upgrades will help us assure parents around the region that the most state-of-the-art medical equipment will be available for their children from the very start of their care,” says Morrow.

Click here for more details about the event, and to sign-up to register or donate,  or call 269-341-8100.