The Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation 2015 Women’s Health Night was the most successful one to date! The event took place on April 14th at the Illinois State University Bone Student Center. This year’s theme was Challenge Yourself, and in keeping with that theme, we were lucky enough to secure iconic runner Kathrine Switzer.
The event began at 3:00 p.m. with over 80 booths and vendors in attendance to educate attendees on ways to improve their health through education, 100 health screenings, programs, and services. Over 2,000 community members attended our event this year! The Red Cross surpassed its blood drive goal for the day, as well.
Our keynote speaker, Kathrine Switzer — the first woman to enter, and run, the Boston Marathon, spent the day at the event. She led a 1.5 mile fun run with over 70 participants. Women, men, and children of all ages and backgrounds participated in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run with the woman who broke the running gender barrier of the all-male Boston Marathon and was responsible for the admittance of the Women’s Marathon into the 1984 Olympic Games.
Kathrine gave a rousing speech describing her experience in the Boston Marathon and how your worst day can turn into your best, when you are radicalized by an event and committed to creating change. Kathrine also answered questions from the substantial audience that gathered to hear her speak. She also hosted a book signing and meet-and-greet any attendees who wished to meet her.
Thank you to all the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and attendees for helping us make this the most successful Women’s Health Night yet! We look forward to seeing you all again next year!