Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Veteran’s organs benefited dozens. Now his mom walks for a more meaningful Memorial Day.

Veteran’s organs benefited dozens. Now his mom walks for a more meaningful Memorial Day.

Jill Stephenson has taken heavier steps before. To hug her son goodbye each time he deployed. To step onto a plane headed for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. To walk out of that hospital after doctors asked whether she would donate her 21-year-old’s organs.

So 100 miles of steps do not intimidate her. That’s how many miles are in the Freedom Walk to the Wall, a Memorial Day weekend event she organized set for Friday and Saturday. Participants will walk all or part of the journey from Veterans’ Memorial Park in Glencoe to a memorial wall in Marseilles in honor of service members...

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