Ella’s Race 2021

Sunday, August 29, 2021
10:00 am CDT
500 Block of N. Catherine Avenue, La Grange, IL, USA

Ella’s Walk 2021–Sunday, August 29th
to benefit CURE Epilepsy

Video credit: ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team

Please sponsor a sign, walk with us and/or donate!

Signs: To recognize the 1 in 26 people that will develop epilepsy in their lifetime, we are placing signs every 26 feet along a one-mile route in our neighborhood. These signs are available for sponsorship at $100 each and then get to be customized by YOU! They can have messages of support, encouragement, epilepsy facts, etc.–you get to customize it! Not feeling creative or wish to stay anonymous? We’ll be happy to fill your sponsored sign out with some messages of encouragement for you! Sponsoring a sign includes the walk registration for your family, which includes T-shirts!

Walk registration: A donation of $25 per walker is suggested, and that includes your walk T-shirt to wear that day!

Donate: Can’t attend but still want to help us cure epilepsy? Make a tax-deductible donation!


On Sunday August 29th, Ella will walk a one-mile route and see all the signs we have posted! We invite you to walk with us, or cheer her on! Please wear your event T-shirt, and we will have refreshments available this year. While we are unsure of what the COVID-19 protocols will be in August, we will be following all CDC guidelines for the event.


The one-mile route will begin at the 500 block of N Catherine Ave in La Grange Park, head North on Catherine to Monroe, head west to Spring, head South on Spring to Woodlawn, back east of Catherine, and finally North on Catherine to the finish!

About Ella’s Mile

Ella's Race 2021

Ella, who is the inspiration for this race.

First off, thank you for coming to visit our site! Our 11-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.

We hope to see you there!

Unfortunately, epilepsy’s reach extends far beyond just Ella, affecting over 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. CURE Epilepsy is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE Epilepsy 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 Epilepsy 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 Epilepsy, and Blake is also a Board Member for the organization. We are very passionate about this cause and believe CURE Epilepsy 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 mile 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

TOTAL RAISED: $ 84,445


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