The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will honor Hillary Gelfman today with the fifth Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley Award for her fundraising on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in conjunction with last year’s race. The Team in Training runner raised over $88,000 in 2014 in honor of her sister, Vickie: the highest total of any individual in last year’s race.
“On behalf of the LLS’ Team in Training, I am incredibly grateful to accept the esteemed Daley Award,” Gelfman said in a press release. “My youngest sister Vickie was full of life and taken much too soon by this terrible disease. LLS is making amazing strides to fund research, therapies and one day cures for those with blood cancers. I am thrilled I was able to raise these funds for a cause so close to my family and am incredibly thankful to everyone on ‘Team Vickie’ who helped me surpass my fundraising goals.”
Gelfman organized Team Vickie in 2013 after her sister was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February of that year. Though Vickie passed away two months before last year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the team will once again participate in this year’s race while raising funds for LLS.
The Daley Award, established in 2010, recognizes the top individual fundraiser from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Previous recipients and their charities include Jim Jenness for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, John Nichols for the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois, Dr. José Oberholzer for The Chicago Diabetes Project and Carl Allegretti for Children’s Memorial Hospital.
More than 10,000 of last year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants raised a combined $17.7 million for the race’s 195 official charities, adding to the 13-year $132 million total raised for charity.