Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Melanie Nelson, 11 of New Lenox is shaving her head to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Melanie Nelson, 11 of New Lenox was only 5-years-old when she was diagnosed with cancer of the muscle tissues. Today, she's been cancer-free for almost five years. And while she'd like to forget the two surgeries to cut a tumor out of her throat and the 30 weeks of chemotherapy, she refuses to forget her friends and other kids who are still battling the disease. This Bentley School 5th-grader is having her head shaved to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for childhood cancer research. The New Lenox event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. March 22 at the American Legion, 14414 Ford Drive. Melanie will be joining the New Lenox Police Department Team. A few years ago, the NLPD Team shaved…
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Martin J. Larson Foundation provides scholarships to all Lincoln-Way High Schools, and it benefits the American Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society,
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Show your support for the Ackerman Family while they grapple with an ailing child.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Five different forms of cancer over four decades haven't gotten 75-year-old Edith Saurer down.
For New Lenox's Edith Saurer, a 75-year-old survivor of five different forms of cancer, the words "give up" never entered her mind. Having twice endured the symptoms of skin cancer, the first time when she was in her late 30s and again in 2007; cancerous polyps in her esophagus and colon in 1984; and breast cancer in 2001 or 2002, she has a message for those diagnosed with cancer: "Never give up." Standing about 5-foot tall, the woman with a thick Austrian accent is a dynamo when it comes to withstanding the punches that life throws. Growing up during the 1950s in the Soviet-occupied portion of Austria during the Cold War, Saurer said she learned how to cope with adversity. "There was never enough food." Alone and at the age of 16, Saurer …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Find out how the 2012 New Lenox Relay for Life still went on as planned, despite inclimate weather at Lincoln-Way West.
The weather moved the 2012 New Lenox Relay for Life into the Lincoln-Way West gym instead of its scheduled location on the football field on Friday, July 13. But participants didn't let the rain dampen their spirits. "It is crowded in here," Mayor Tim Baldermann said, inside the Lincoln-Way West gym, to the hundreds of participants gathered around the indoor track. "It is hot. And it's already starting to smell like sweaty (body odor). But that is nothing compared to what (cancer survivors) have gone through." Relay for Life events are held in different communities across the country to help people cope with those who they have lost to cancer, celebrate people that won their battle with the disease and raise money to find a cure. After a …
Photo gallery from the Friday night portion of the 2012 New Lenox Relay for Life event at Lincoln-Way West.
The 2012 New Lenox Relay for Life started late on Friday, July 13 due to the inclimate weather outside at Lincoln-Way West. After everything was situated inside the school's gym, the fight against cancer went right on schedule throughout the night, until 6 a.m. the next morning. Hundreds of New Lenox and other Southland residents supported finding a cure for cancer by walking laps around Lincoln-Way West's indoor track, playing games where the money contributed went to cancer research and more. Do you have photos from 2012 New Lenox Relay for Life? Share them on Patch! Check back tomorrow for a video recap of the 2012 New Lenox Relay for Life at Lincoln-Way West!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Lincoln-Way West in New Lenox. There's something for everyone there, and it's a touching event you won't want to miss.
If you get a chance to go to this weekend's Relay for Life in New Lenox, do it. It can be a life-changing experience and, more importantly, helps raise money that could change others' lives. New Lenox is a community that can truly rally around a cause, and the Relay for Life here is something special, raising money for cancer research. I got the chance to cover it last year (and participate in the dunk tank) and had a fantastic time. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Lincoln-Way West High School and goes until 6 a.m. the following day. After the opening ceremony, local cancer survivors are invited to unite to walk a survivor lap. Get more details in Patch's events calendar. From there, the 31 registered teams will begin …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hospital and village officials lauded the new cancer center, which will be able to provide treatment for the increasing number of patients in Will County.
Officials from Silver Cross Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center said they've formed a "perfect partnership" in opening a state-of-the-art cancer center in New Lenox. On Tuesday, hundreds of people toured the new facility, which is on the replacement hospital campus near Interstate 355 and Route 6. The facility will open for patients June 25. According to Silver Cross, there are about 4,800 people in Will County who are diagnosed with cancer each year. And 70 percent of them were traveling outside of the county for their treatment. "To us, that was simply unacceptable," Silver Cross CEO Paul Pawlak said. "They should be able to see their doctors and receive their chemotherapy and radiation treatments close to home where …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Maids of New Lenox has partnered with the national non-profit Cleaning for a Reason, taking one task off the mind of people with cancer.
A New Lenox business is hoping to provide a bit of sunshine to area women with cancer by donating free house cleanings. The Maids of New Lenox, a franchised cleaning service, has partnered with the national non-profit Cleaning for a Reason, which helps provide free home cleanings. “Cleaning your home is definitely not a priority when facing the havoc that cancer brings into someone’s life," owner Jim Duffek said. "We felt this simple gift of a clean home would brighten someone’s day and give them joy.” Women may apply through the Cleaning for a Reason website, or their doctor may refer them to the program, which then matches patients to nearby partners, in this case Maids of New Lenox. Before buying the franchise, Duffek was a project …
Monday, March 26, 2012
New Lenox Patch editor Michael Sewall participated in the annual St. Baldrick's event, which raised tens of thousands of dollars for childhood cancer research.
After a couple months of growing out my hair, I felt pretty different when it was all shaved off for St. Baldrick's. Lighter, yes. But happier, too. It was a great experience to be a part of something so many people in the community contributed to. Hundreds of people gathered at Gatto's in New Lenox on March 23 to raise money for cancer research. The event raised more than $50,000 with the help of 123 people who got their heads shaved. Do you have photos from St. Baldrick's? Share them here. Thanks to everyone who donated to Team New Lenox Patch!