Thousands take part in 'Briggs & Al's Run & Walk' to raise money for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Tens of thousands of people ran across the starting line at the Briggs and Al’s Run & Walk for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It’s to help support families and brave children.
One of them is 11-year-old Tyse Jansenberger of Madison.
“This is Tyse when he was little…he was born with a heart defect, and he had open-heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital when he was a week old, and we spent 11 weeks in the hospital,” said Kris Cook, his mother.
Tyse is now much better, so every year since, they walk for those who can’t.
“You know, we’re one of the fortunate ones that get to honor Tyse. We see a lot that are in memory of their children, so for us to be able to do this every year, is pretty special.”
The run and walk is a 41-year-old Milwaukee tradition, but there were a few people holding signs, protesting the hospital's contract with Child Protective Services.
Nearly $1-million dollars was raised for the hospital.
“Children’s Hospital helps treat children with the most severe medical conditions, we also help kids in foster care and adoption, and those kids who have been abused, all of this work allows Children’s Hospital no matter what spot a kid is in, to make sure they get the care and support they need,” said Andy Brodzeller, spokesperson.
Many elite runners participated in the event.
“I’m 56, I’ve ran it in my early 20’s so I’ve ran it many years, got to see a lot of friends, come out and support a great cause,” said Tony Agostini.
There were also those like 5-year-old Colin End who said he finished in 22 minutes.
2018 Briggs & Al’s Run Results
1. David Luy (#104) – 24 minutes, 54 seconds
2. Brad Eagan (#152) – 26:20
3. Kyle Fraser (#102) – 27:00
1. Danielle Klein (#2488) – 31 minutes, 15 seconds
2. Cassie Nelson (#3) – 31:21
3. Denise Manthy (#85) – 31:38
Push Rim Wheelchair
1. Steven Smith (#1177) – 20 minutes, 32 seconds
2. Ethan Burkhart (#2186) – 23:15
3. Brenden Ojibway (#2550) – 28:30
Hand Cycle Wheelchair
1. Todd Siewart (#2391) – 18 minutes, 53 seconds