QUINCY -- More assistance is on the way.
The Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation announced Wednesday that $54,250 was raised during this year's Bridge the Gap to Health race.
Funding raised through the 19th annual event will aid the Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist program that helps access prescriptions for those in need. The Bridge the Gap to Health event is held each May.
A check presentation took place early Wednesday afternoon at Clat Adams Park and pushed Bridge the Gap's all-time fundraising total to more than $840,000.
"It is a true testament of community collaboration to see so many individuals, businesses and organizations come together to help us put on such a seamless and successful event," said Laura Tenhouse, the community relations director at QMG.
This year's 1,575 participants were 10 more than 2018.
QMG officials report the $840,000-plus raised through Bridge the Gap has been used to access more than 55,000 prescriptions at a value of $19.5 million. The program works with individuals to ensure they have access to life-saving prescription medication.
MedAssist is funded solely through the generosity of United Way, Bridge the Gap to Health, individual donations and minimal client fees.
Plans are already underway for the 2020 Bridge the Gap to Health race, which will mark the event's 20th anniversary.
"We are looking forward to celebrate this milestone with all of our sponsors, volunteers and participants," said Jennifer Sousa, the organizer of Bridge the Gap and coordinator of events and communication at QMG. "This race would not be possible without the dedication of those who help us and the support of the QMG Healthcare Foundation. I am looking forward to seeing what changes we can bring to the 20th year to add even more excitement to the race."
Proceeds from the event come from a combination of registration fees, donations and sponsors.
Sponsors of this year's race included 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 & WCOY), State Street Bank, County Market, Townsquare Media (Y101 & KICK-FM), Republic Services and Winter's Insurance.
Sousa said a special thanks also goes to Adams County Emergency Management Agency and city of Quincy, plus the Illinois Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Transportation for allowing the use of city and state roadways, personnel and equipment.
The 2020 race is set for May 16. For more information about Bridge the Gap to Health, go to www.bridgethegaptohealth.com.