Registration is now open for the 9th annual Walk to Remember & 5K Run for Hope!
September 17, 2017
Independence Grove Forest Preserve
16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048
5K Race Start: 8:00 AM
Memorial Walk Start: 9:00 AM
Awards & Post-Race Party: 10:00 AM
Closing Memorial Ceremony: 10:30 AM
Join us as we honor our lost loved ones and raise funds to ensure that Willow House can continue providing grief support services to those who need us, at no charge. Walk along a beautiful lakeside path or run the 5K on a CARA and USATF Certified & Timed course!
Register as an individual or create a team! Prizes will be awarded for the largest team and the top three individuals who raise the most on their fundraising page.
Can't make it on September 17th? You can still order a memory marker, create your own fundraising page, and donate to help us reach our goal!
Featured Fundraiser - Mary McDermott and Team Erin
This event is one way we unite as a community to honor the memory of loved ones who have died, while raising essential funds to keep our programs going. Mary has been a part of the Willow House family since the death of her daughter, Erin and this is her 4th year walking in Erin's memory. Mary is also fundraising to ensure that Willow House can continue providing other families with support after experiencing the death of a loved one.
“We invite everyone to come walk with our extended family to remember our Angel Erin. This will be the 4th year in which we walk to remember her. Erin passed away suddenly in December 2013 and our journey in life as a family has been forever changed. Willow House has supported families like ours in search of direction after a devastating loss." - Mary
Mary is joined by her family to form one of our largest teams, Team Erin. Whether you have benefited from Willow House services or not, we hope you will consider making a donation or creating your own fundraising page to support Willow House.
T-Shirt Design Contest!
Got an awesome idea for our event t-shirt? Help us design it!
If your design is chosen, you will be eligible for a special prize and promotion of your awesome design skills! Click below for more information.
All submissions are due by August 25, 2017.
About This Event
In 2008, a group of Willow House families and staff came together to create and launch the first Walk to Remember & 5K Run for Hope. They set out to raise much-needed funds for Willow House and provide a meaningful way to honor the memory of their lost loved ones – their brothers, sisters, children, parents, and spouses who had died.
At the heart of this, and all of our fundraising efforts, is the goal to continue providing grief support services at no cost to the families who need us. Thank you for your support!
“The most valuable thing I learned from Willow House group is that I am not alone and there is hope.”
- Willow House Teenager
- Willow House Teenager