CBS4's Lisa Petrillo emceed the event, which raised money for Ellie's Army, a foundation that helps families with children and young adults battling life-threatening illnesses.
- Runners and walkers of all ages and sizes came out early this morning to the third-annual Dirty Socks 5K Run and Walkathon in Aventura.
This event raises money for families with children and young adults battling life-threatening illnesses. Stacey and Brian Levy founded the organization after losing their daughter, Ellie, at age 23 to cystic fibrosis. The name "Dirty Socks" comes from the doctors who told Ellie and patients like her to do daily walks and dirty their socks up as they lap the halls of the hospital to get better.
STACEY LEVY: All children in the hospital wear medical socks, and some of them can only walk a few steps. And today we're walking for them, and we're walking for Ellie.
BRIAN LEVY: Our goal would be to grow to 131,000, because 31 is a special number to us from Ellie beating her lap record by 1. So we're 31, that's what we always hang our hat on.
- And our very own Lisa Petrillo was today's emcee. She was there with more than 500 who participated in the run and walkathon and virtual event that raised more than $100,000. For Ellie's Army both here and all over the world. What a great cause.