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Many of you know that my 5-year-old nephew Matteo was diagnosed with leukemia in October of 2016. He has received all his care at Lurie Children's Hospital since day one, and his family wouldn't have it any other way.

Matteo’s parents, Shane and Vanessa Smith, are organizing a team again for the annual Lurie 5K - Move for the Kids.

This year, the race is scheduled for 11:00am on Sunday, May 20 at Soldier Field. Last year we blew past our goal of raising $10,000 and raised over $27,000!!! THANKS TO SO MANY OF YOU. But we’d love to do more – only 4% of cancer research funds go to pediatric cancer. ONLY. 4. PERCENT. Whether you have $5 or $500, every little bit helps!

If you'd like to support my nephew's team, #teammatteo and Lurie Children's Hospital you can go to the go to the link on the left hand side of the page.

We hope you can join #teamMatteo or donate to this great cause in his honor!

$35 can provide a comfort item for a premature infant to ensure the smallest and most fragile babies heal and grow faster.

$60 can help provide inpatient entertainment and distractions to help patients reduce stress and have fun while undergoing treatment.

$120 can help provide small lab supplies for one of the hospital's clinical trials to ensure our children have access to the latest treatments and therapies.

$240 can help provide supplies for the Lurie Children's classroom so that children in the hospital can continue their education.

All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children's Foundation.

On behalf of the patients and families of Lurie Children's, thank you for your support!

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