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Crossing the finish line

On Sunday, October 7, 210 runners completed the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as part of Advocate Health Care’s charity running team. Together Team Advocate raised more than $271,000 in support of Advocate’s hospital and programs—and gifts are still coming in. Each runner received support along the training journey and raised money for the fund of their choice, allowing them to pick something near and dear to their hearts.

Kelly Jauch was part of the team. This was his second Bank of Chicago Marathon. He was inspired to run his first marathon in honor of his mother. Kelly says her courage and perseverance inspires him to continue to run.

This year, Kelly ran with Team Advocate in support of Mental Health Services at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He has been a mental health worker in the hospital’s geriatric psychiatry unit since 2014. He hopes that through running he can educate the community on the great work being done for those in need of mental health care, to raise awareness about mental health, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health care. He says the best part about preparing for the marathon was the constant growth that occurs while training, both mentally and physically.

“It has been awesome to go from running six miles for my “long” run a few months ago to completing 26.2 miles this weekend and crossing the finish line,” says Kelly. “I am still riding the high of finishing the marathon and even beat my time from last year, despite the bad weather. I will be back in the future to give it another go.”