Proceeds from the 14th annual RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s will fund three major pediatric research programs at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Thanks to the support of title sponsor, RBC, all of our sponsors, and the more than 1,900 runners and walkers who raised $315,000, clinician-researchers will focus on:

  • Concussion prevention in childhood sports
  • Expanded asthma care and education for South Side children
  • The long-term care of children who survive serious illnesses.

“We’re so profoundly grateful to all the families and organizations that come together each year for this very special event, which has become a mainstay for the Hyde Park neighborhood and the Chicago running community,” said John Cunningham, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. “The money raised each year supports our vital work to improve children’s health and fight childhood diseases.”

David M. Frim, MD, PhD, the Ralph Cannon Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Neurosurgery, will lead a study to evaluate the effects of mild and repeated head injuries and concussions on young athletes.  The study will help determine if better helmets and quicker intervention can prevent invisible brain scarring, especially among football players, and help parents and coaches evaluate and minimize risk.

Daniel Johnson, MD, Chief, Section of Academic Pediatrics and Associate Chair, Clinical Services, will work to build pediatric asthma care in underserved South Side communities where childhood asthma rates eclipse the national average.  His team will partner with ECHO-Chicago to deliver advanced asthma training to local primary care providers, educate families on asthma management, and reduce asthma-related trips to the emergency room.

Neethi Pinto, MD, MS, Director of Clinical Research, Pediatric Critical Care, will expand her research on improving the long-term outcomes of children who survive critical illnesses. Understanding basic information and underlying risk factors will provide critical insights to guide clinical practice and quality improvements.