Ella’s Race

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
500 Block of N. Catherine Avenue, La Grange, IL, USA

2.6 Mile Fun Run, 1 Mile Walk & Silent Auction
to benefit Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) 

Please register for the event and/or donate! Suggested donation of $25 per person. You will be asked for the t-shirt sizes of all participants you are registering.

Location (same as last year): 500 N. Catherine Block in La Grange Park, IL.  Parking will be located at the American Nuclear Society at 555. N Kensington.  Street parking is available on Kensington and Ashland Avenues, as well as other neighborhood streets not on the race route. PLEASE do not park along the race route for the safety of the participants.  Signs will be posted where parking is not allowed.

Refreshments will be served following the walk/run.

Silent Auction will open at 9am and close at 11am.

For questions about the run or sponsorship opportunities, please email Shalee Cunneen at smcunneen@gmail.com.

Event Schedule

9:00 AM: Sign In/Silent Auction opens
9:45 AM: Opening Remarks
10:00 AM: Fun Run/Walk starts

About Ella’s Race

Ella and her mother running among friends all wearing purple shirts at Ella's Race in 2019

Ella, who is the inspiration for this race

First off, thank you for coming to visit our site! Our 10-year-old daughter Ella has severe epilepsy, and we’re raising money in her honor to help support research in epilepsy. Ella was first diagnosed with epilepsy days after her first birthday. Since that day we have tried approximately 20 different medications, special diets, prolonged hospital stays, surgical consults, second/third/fourth/etc. opinions all in hopes of bringing her seizures under control. Unfortunately, she still has frequent seizures that, when combined with all the medications she takes, have significantly slowed her development. Yet despite the seizures, meds, hospital stays, blood draws, and therapy appointments, Ella’s indelible spirit remains untouched. She continues to be our driving force, attacking each new challenge with a smile. You can learn more about Ella here.

Ella smiling and playing with friends at Ella's Race 2019

We hope to see you there!

Unfortunately, epilepsy’s reach extends far beyond just Ella, affecting 3.4 million Americans, with 200,000 more cases being diagnosed each year. Approximately 50,000 deaths occur from seizures and seizure-related causes in the U.S. each year. Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE funds research grants for young and established investigators around the globe, and we believe these are the people who are going to be able to someday CURE our Ella. Finding a new and novel treatment and changing technology is currently our only hope for Ella to become seizure free. CURE is constantly at the forefront of the epilepsy research community, and they are also very fiscally responsible with all the contributions they receive. We are proud to be volunteers for CURE, and Blake is also a Board Member for the organization. We are very passionate about this cause and believe CURE is the best agency out there to help us and Ella.

Waiver: In consideration of acceptance of this entry, I waive any and all claims for myself and my heirs against officials and sponsors of Ella’s Race for a CURE for illness and injury which may result directly from my participation.  I further state that I am in proper physical condition to participate in this event. I also give permission for the use of my name and/or picture in any public account of this event. No refunds will be issued.

Goal: $50,000

Current total: $5,460

Honor Roll

  • Debbie Adams
  • Claire Biebel
  • Vanessa Blasco
  • Rosanne Browne
  • Melissa Cepek
  • David A. Cox
  • Blake and Shalee Cunneen
  • Megan Davidson
  • Catherine Dee
  • Dental Loft
  • Lori Deskovich
  • Melissa Diebold
  • Mary Gager
  • Gemini Gymnastics
  • Jenny Hopkins
  • Megan Janssen
  • Jessica Kiley
  • Emily Larsen
  • Tricia Maier
  • Nancy Melvin
  • Elizabeth Newman
  • Carolynne Ozanich
  • Barbara Riccio
  • Vanessa Robertson
  • Stephanie Shimerdla
  • Susan C C. Waggener
  • Sara Goggin Young

Total donations raised and Honor Roll updated weekly.