The First Annual Ilan-a-thon Memorial 5K benefiting the GFPD took place on April 21. 2013, in Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD. We organized this event to celebrate and honor the life of our son, Ilan, and raise awareness for PBD-ZSD. Throughout our year of planning for the race, we acquired over 20 corporate sponsors and 15 family sponsors. Our flagship sponsor was Bayada Pediatrics, the home health care agency that provided Ilan with home nursing care during his life.
The turnout for the race was overwhelming, with more than 380 individuals registered. In addition to race participants, others very generously donated their time and services to our event by providing balloon animals and face painting for the children.