Jul 25, 2014

Lemont High School Gears Up for Second 'Walk with Andrew'

Lemont High School junior Andrew Podczerwinski has overcome injuries from a life-threatening accident, to return to Lemont High School and flourish.

Lemont High School Gears Up for Second 'Walk with Andrew'
Lemont High School junior Andrew Podczerwinski has thrived academically and served as an inspiration for both his classmates and faculty and staff since returning to school following a life-threatening accident in 2012. To celebrate the progress in his recovery, the Lemont High School community again will come together to support Andrew and his family at a special event. For the second straight year, Lemont High School will host the “Walk with Andrew” 5K on Sunday, April 27. Proceeds from the recreational event will benefit Andrew as he takes his steps towards walking again.

Lemont High School’s Wellness Committee has organized the “Walk with Andrew” 5K, which will provide Andrew’s classmates and teachers, and the Lemont community as a whole, the chance to show their support for him as he strives to walk again. The inaugural event drew hundreds of supporters, and this year’s organizers expect that number to be even greater this year!

This year, participants will have the opportunity to choose from two different 5K routes – a challenging course that tackles the hilly neighborhoods that surround Lemont High School’s campus, or a leisurely stroll around the track at the school’s football field. There’s a route for everyone! Both routes will begin at Lemont High School’s football field.

Registration forms for this year’s event are available on the school’s Web site - www.lhs210.net - by clicking on the “Walk with Andrew” banner on the right side of the home page. The $20 registration fee includes a “Walk with Andrew” t-shirt (available in orange or black). Registrations must be received by Wednesday, April 16, to guarantee a t-shirt.

Walk-up registration will begin at 9 a.m. on April 27, and the 5K walk is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

In Summer 2012, Andrew was involved in a tragic accident when a tree fell on him during a storm. He endured several life-saving surgical procedures, but his injuries left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Neither life-threatening injuries nor his ongoing physical therapy have slowed Andrew since he returned to school, as he has earned high honor roll accolades three straight semesters. His positive outlook continues to be inspiring for his peers, faculty, staff and administrators. For more information about Andrew Podczerwinski’s story and his recovery, visit the website. 

Individuals with questions about registration should contact Special Education Administrative Assistant Maureen Breskey (maureenb@lemont.k12.il.us) at (630) 243-3220.

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