Ellie’s Army Foundation to Host 5K

Participants can join the The Watermill Trading Dirty Socks 5K Run & Walkathon virtually or in-person on April 25

Ellie’s Village at a previous 5K. Photo courtesy of Ellie’s Army Foundation

Ellie’s Army Foundation will host the Watermill Trading Dirty Socks 5K Run & Walkathon in support of children and young adults battling life-threatening illnesses both virtually and in-person at the Aventura Library (2930 Aventura Blvd.) on Sunday, April 25. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Virtual participants can log their 5K runs or walks through race day.

and chaired by Cindy and Scott Orlinsky of Aventura. Also in attendance will be board member, veteran Dolphin’s Quarterback Jay Fiedler and other NFL players.

About Ellie’s Army Foundation:

Ellie Levy, a South Florida resident, was born with cystic fibrosis, a terminal disease that primarily affects the lungs. At the age of 22, Ellie received two consecutive double-lung transplants in an effort to save her life. Ellie was told that if she wanted to survive, she must walk. Ellie’s transplant surgeon told her that he wanted to see “dirty socks” so that he could see that she had been walking. So, regardless of the pain, Ellie walked and walked. She was a warrior.

Despite the efforts of both herself and her doctors, Ellie did not survive. She was only 23 years old when she passed; however, Ellie’s lessons, spirit, and inspiration remain.

All children in hospitals wear medical socks and must walk to get well. Sometimes they can only walk a few steps. At the Watermill Trading Dirty Socks 5K Run and Walkathon, participants walk for them.

Ellie’s Army Foundation was founded in 2001 by Stacey and Brian Levy, Ellie’s parents. Stacey is the foundation’s current director. Ellie’s Army Foundation provides financial resources for families with children and young adults battling life-threatening illnesses. Ellie’s Army Foundation helps pay for medical expenses, therapies, daily living expenses such as rent and mortgage payments, utility bills, and vehicle expenses.

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