Morton (WEEK) -- Morton's annual Gameball Run kept an eight-year tradition alive that benefits OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois.
On top of it being a good way for kids and adults to burn off some steam, it helps families show their appreciation for the hospital.
"That's the best part, seeing all these kids run around on the track, running on the football field here," said Kirk Schick, a math teacher in Morton, "and as a dad of three daughters knowing that's it's ever needed - and thank the good Lord it hasn't been needed, the Children's Hospital for our family - but knowing it's there, it's just a relief."
A mother we spoke with says her 10-year-old has been getting care for a heart condition since she was born. "Our journey's been a bit of a roller coaster, but we're super thankful for all the care she got."
In previous years, the event's raised a total of around $470,000. This year's total will be revealed at an upcoming Morton basketball game.