QUINCY -- This year's Bridge the Gap to Health race generated $52,000 in support of the Quincy Catholic Charities' MedAssist program.
The Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation-sponsored event has now raised $795,000 during its 18-year existence.
The MedAssist program has been used to access more than 53,000 prescriptions and works with in-need individuals to ensure they have access to life-saving prescription medication.
MedAssist is funded through the efforts of the United Way, Bridge the Gap to Health, individual donations and minimal patient fees.
"(The Bridge the Gap to Health) fundraiser allows us to help purchase medications on behalf of those that suffer from chronic disease and struggle to purchase these medications on their own," Quincy Catholic Charities Area Director Jackie Bruns said in a release. "We are reminded on a daily basis how important the MedAssist Program is to the community and to those who are faced with the dilemma of affording their routine medications."
A check presentation was held Wednesday at the 620 Maine location of Catholic Charities.
Hundreds of walkers and runners took part in the annual Bridge the Gap to Health Race in May.
Sara Reuschel, director of the Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation, said the event has become a tradition that brings the community together to help others.
"This event continues to be a tremendous asset to our region," Reuschel said. "It not only supports a vital program, but it gets individuals and families up and active."
Proceeds from the event come from a combination of registration fees, donations and sponsors.
Sponsors of this year's race were Quincy Medical Group, Dot Foods, Blessing Health System, WGEM, Adams County Medical Society Alliance, Bank of Springfield, Gardner Denver, Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Herald-Whig, Hy-Vee, SIU Family Medicine Center, Kohl Wholesale, Mercantile Bank, Quincy Catholic Charities, QMG Sports Medicine, Quincy Park District, Quincy Recycle, Quincy University, Refreshment Services Pepsi, Selby Implement, Staradio (WQCY and WCOY), State Street Bank, County Market, Townsquare Media (Y101 and KICK-FM), Republic Services and Winters Insurance Group.
The 2019 race is set for May 18. For more information about Bridge the Gap to Health, visitbridgethegaptohealth.com.