Strong Kids

Annual Stroll for Strong Kids Draws Thousands, Supports New Building

Jun. 4, 2015

Genesee Valley Park was full of vibrant colors May 30 for the 19th annual Stroll for Strong Kids Walk & 5K Run. The “Growing Strong” themed event drew thousands of individuals who were dressed in a child’s favorite color – or character – and had their own personalized team t-shirt. With a record-breaking attendance of nearly 10,000 participants (with almost 840 runners) and close to $400,000 raised, the outpouring of support for the Golisano Children's Hospital and what it means to the community was clear. 

The Stroll for Strong Kids continues to get bigger and better – and its participants play such a large role in its success! With the help of the community, we planted the seed for a new $145 million, eight-story children’s hospital that has been serving our region’s children and families for just over one month. Many of the spaces in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital were funded by Stroll teams, including patient rooms and two beautiful healing gardens.

“Lauren’s Garden serves as a symbol of the support that exits within the community,” said Andy Olander, father of Lauren, a vibrant nature lover who passed away at the age 5. “It is our hope that those who spend time in Lauren’s Garden know that they are not alone.”   

With a total of $30,274 raised at this year’s event, Lauren’s Legacy was the top fundraising team for the fourth year in a row. 

Learn more about the event on the Stroll for Strong Kids Walk & 5K Run site