Chicago Runner Raising Funds for UCU Rehab Medicine Program

Friday, May 19, 2017


UCEF supporter Lev Holubec will be running in a 10 mile race in Chicago on Saturday May 27. Proceeds will benefit the School of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Ukrainian Catholic University. Please read the appeal of Mr. Holubec BELOW.

(The photo at right shows Mr. Holubec hosting the 2016 UCU fundraiser in Chicago.)


Please join me for the 2017 Soldier Field 10 Mile Run on Saturday morning, May 27, 2017, to honor America’s military and to raise funds to support the rehabilitation of Ukraine’s troops wounded in the war to defend its eastern border.

I’ve set a personal goal for this year’s race, working in cooperation with the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation:

Goal:  Assemble a team of no fewer than 50 runners and 50 financial contributors to raise $50,000 for the new School of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine (via the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation)

Contributions from this fund raising effort will be earmarked for the rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian military personnel.

Join the “50 for 50” team:  On this, my 50th Memorial Day weekend, on the eve of my 50th birthday, I reach out to you to help make a true difference for our courageous heroes who really need our moral and financial support.  We’ll run together to raise awareness, and together we’ll cast a broad net for contributions.


Runners should register at to be formally grouped with our “50 for 50” running team:

  • At the checkout screen click “Use Coupon”
  • Enter: “17KYIVSF10” and click “Apply Coupon”

Please consider donating and/or raising funds in addition to your active participation as a runner.


If each of the 50 donors and runners each raise $500.00 we easily reach the $50,000 goal.  Please consider:

  • providing a personal donation that commemorates the “50”:   $50, $500, $5000 or anything lesser, greater or in between!
  • reaching out to your network (family, friends, co-workers, etc.) to join the cause by running and/or contributing
  • sponsoring the tent (at the race site) from which volunteers will greet service men and women, our runners, and guests who can learn about Ukraine’s current struggles defending its eastern front ($250)
  • sponsoring / underwriting the cost of the performance t-shirts ($5000)
  • reaching out or connecting the organizers to a business for a sponsorship and/or a match challenge (for example a business may offer to match the first $5,000 raised, or may match the first 50 donations, sponsor the t-shirts, etc.) 

Donors should contribute directly:

Instructions for donations to the School of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Ukrainian Catholic University

Please write checks or money orders to the “Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation” or to “UCEF” and mail to:

Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation
2247 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Or donate online:

Please note “50 for 50” in the memo information field of your check or online donation form. 

Commemorative “50 for 50 Soldier Field 10 Mile” performance t-shirt:  I will reach out to each runner and donor for a t-shirt size sometime in late April, early May.

A big, warm THANK YOU to each who runs, volunteers on site and/or contributes.

God Bless America and God Help Ukraine!


Lev Holubec


Additional information:

This now traditional race honors America’s Armed Forces on Memorial Day weekend, a weekend set aside to honor our Veterans, troops and heroes, at the venue that was built to honor our Veterans, troops and heroes.

Our goal is to raise funds for desperately needed humanitarian assistance for wounded soldiers and to raise awareness of Ukraine’s continued struggle for its independence highlighting, in particular, the ongoing war against Russian backed forces in eastern Ukraine. We are targeting runners and volunteers from across the United States and Europe, including Ukraine

Active duty U.S. Armed Forces frequent this race, greeting runners outside the stadium prior to the start, where fallen service people are remembered. The Star Spangled Banner concludes the opening, and the race begins. The 10-miler concludes inside Solider Field with crowds of supporters cheering from the grandstand as brave men and women of the Armed Forces congratulate runners at the finish on the 50 yard line.

We have also invited our U.S.-Ukraine Veterans to mingle with the Armed Forces, as a further display of Ukrainians’ commitment to the “land of the free, home of the brave.” Recovering Ukrainian troops will also attend health and logistics permitting, to experience this great event which salutes every individual who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in any battle, for any purpose, during the course of U.S. history.

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