D123 Teacher Running Chicago Marathon for Live Like Abby

Kathy Ogean, OLHMS Teacher, and an avid runner will be taking part in the Chicago (Virtual) Marathon! This is Ogean’s 13th Chicago Marathon and this year she will be running for a cause close to Oak Lawn Hometown District 123, Live Like Abby.

“I knew Live Like Abby was an organization close to the hearts of many in the Oak Lawn-Hometown community, given Abby’s attendance at Kolmar.  I taught several Wujcik’s as well as Abby’s sister Morgan and I felt that LLA would be the best way to honor Abby’s memory and support the Wujcik family’s efforts in ending pediatric brain cancer, said Ogean.

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, Ogean will make her way around each District 123 school as she runs 26.2 miles. She’s hoping to raise $2,000 dollars for the Live Like Abby Foundation to help fight pediatric cancers.

“I knew I wanted to do a 10-mile loop.  I also wanted to stay closer to my house so I could get my gels and drinks.  I figured if I ran past the schools I could stash my waters and Gatorades there!  By staying in the neighborhood, I knew it’d be more likely I’d see people I knew which is always a good thing. I had no idea there’d be the kind of outreach the PTSA, my colleagues and students are planning.  It makes all the difference.  They are my D123 family,” she said.

Training has been underway for Ogean as she works to the marathon date on October 10. She says her biggest motivation is the smiling faces she sees along the route. If you’d like to cheer Ogean on as she runs for Live Like Abby or to make a donation click here.