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Presence Health Brings Public Attention to Potentially Deadly Sepsis through Primary Sponsorship of 4th Annual Sepsis Challenge Illinois 5k Run & Walk

Every 2 Minutes Someone in the U.S. Dies from Sepsis, the Body’s Life Threatening Response to Infection

(Orland Park, IL) – Presence Health announced today that for the fourth time it will be the “Primary Sponsor” for the annual Sepsis Challenge Illinois 5k Run and Walk on Saturday, July 29, 2015. This will be the fourth time Presence Health has sponsored this important event intended to raise public awareness of the cause of  more than 258,000 U.S. deaths every year. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sepsis Alliance , the leading nonprofit patient advocacy organization in the U.S. promoting sepsis awareness.

Presence Health continues to support the Annual Sepsis Challenge as a sponsor in order to inform the public regarding the health dangers brought on by sepsis, sometimes called blood poisoning. Sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to infection of virtually any kind.

“Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Every 2.5 minutes someone dies of sepsis,” said Presence Health TeleHealth Strategy and Development System Director Laura Messineo RN, BS, MHA. “No one is immune, and sepsis can strike anyone regardless of age, race or color. The Illinois Sepsis Challenge is committed to increasing community and health care clinician awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatment of sepsis so more survive.” Three years ago, Messineo spearheaded the inaugural Illinois Sepsis Challenge 5K Run and Walk raising funds and awareness throughout Illinois communities.

This Year’s Illinois Sepsis Challenge Run and Walk Honorary Chair

~The Sappington Family~

Son of Theresa and Cole Sappington of St. Charles, IL, Ethan is a five-year-old septic shock survivor with multiple amputations.


The race event will held 9 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Centennial Park 10401 W. 153rd, Orland Park, IL.

For more information about Sepsis Challenge Illinois 5k Run and Walk,  or if you wish to participate in the race as a volunteer, please visit Illinois Sepsis Challenge or contact Laura Messineo by email at


About Presence Health

Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people in 11 counties. With over 150 sites of compassionate care including 12 hospitals, over 17,000 associates and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion.

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