First annual FOTCOH 5K 'a success'

By Corey Spencer

May 4, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:49 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- It was a sea of green on Peoria's riverfront today and no, St. Patrick's day didn't come early.

Instead, it was the green shirts of the first annual FOTCOH 5-K. Over 250 participants raced down Water street to raise funds for FOTCOH, or the Friends of the Children of Haiti.

The Peoria based group owns a medical clinic in Haiti. Executive Director Eric Behrens says 2 years after the Haiti earthquake, the help of heart of Illinois citizens is still greatly needed.

"We provide care for just north of 15,000 patients each year in Haiti," Behrens says. "We do that with visiting medical teams from Central Illinois, and they donate all of their services when they go to Haiti, to travel, and to be there and work at the clinic."

Behrens added that more than just medical personnel are needed to help at the facility. For more information on FOTCOH, and to find out how you can help, head to

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