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Christopher Lyons Memorial Walk to benefit therapeutic day school
Summary: The fourth annual Christopher Lyons Memorial Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24th at Meyers Woods, 2500 Oldfield Road in Darien. The fundraiser is held in memory of Christopher Lyons, an Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School graduate.

For the past four years, Christopher Lyon’s family has gathered supporters on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a walk in their late son’s honor. The Christopher Lyons Memorial Walk has garnered 533 donations totaling more than $140,000 so far, said his mother, Sue Lyons.

“The walk last year was a testament to our continued journey of healing,” said Lyons, a Darien resident. “Chris always made a difference to us – but now his memory is making a huge difference for the school that changed not only his life, but ours as well.”

Christopher enrolled at the Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School when he was in seventh grade. He spent a year of high school at a Montana boarding school before returning to the therapeutic day school’s west campus in North Aurora for his senior year. Shortly after graduating in 2007, Chris was fatally struck by a train in unincorporated Will County.

That same year, his parents launched the Christopher Lyons Memorial Fund with the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation and the Christopher Lyons Memorial Walk. Since Christopher’s death, the Lyons family has helped provide the school with items such as computers, sewing machines, speakers, iPods, guitars and more.

Lyons said her goal is to raise enough money to provide more opportunities for expressive therapy for students.

“What the Lyons family has done the last three years is nothing short of amazing and inspirational,” said Michelle Hess, executive director of the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation. “They have shown how dedication and passion can make such an enormous impact.”
Designed for children with learning disabilities and emotional and psychiatric problems, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School was founded in 1995. Elementary through high-school age students earn normal academic credits while addressing their therapeutic goals. Along with traditional individual and group therapy, the school uses recreation, pets, music and art activities with certified therapists to help with physical, social and emotional growth. There are campuses in Glendale Heights, North Aurora and Glen Ellyn.
For more information, e-mail or call (630) 545-3942.

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Media contact: Katie Klinger, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2356