We are always on the lookout for more community members to host an event. If you would like to learn more about any of the existing events, or how you can host one of your own, please contact Kathi Grummel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kathi at 847.618.4272.
Eva was a young adult who faced medical challenges from Down syndrome. She also was the light in the eyes of her sister, Margie, and her sister's husband, Peter. Margie is an RN at Northwest Community Healthcare and Peter is an Ob-Gyn physician. Even with all of their medical knowledge and experience they couldn't always calm Eva's nerves during her many trips to NCH. Eva lost her battle to complications from Down syndrome in 2010. Since then, Margie and Peter have been looking for a way to honor her memory and help disabled children at NCH.
They rolled up their sleeves, pulled out their cellphones, learned to post to Facebook and established the first EVAngels golf outing at Inverness Country Club. The outing included dinner, dancing, great raffle prizes and an eloquent story by Peter about Eva.
By turning their tragedy into a beautiful memory honoring Eva, and through the generosity of their family, friends and colleagues, they have contributed $30,000 to NCH's children's services. These donations will help purchase specialized transferors that make the transition from hospital bed to testing more comfortable and individualized to each patient. They also hope to purchase iPads and specialized apps for children with many types of medical challenges.
There are numerous examples of the incredible community spirit alive at NCH. On Oct. 3, Arlington Resources hosted the annual Cure Sade5k, with funds benefiting NCH's Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. This year's event raised more than $9,000.
Then there are the local sports teams, players, parents and coaches from Buffalo Grove and Prospect high schools that turned BGHS completely pink, raising $10,000 for NCH's Gift-a-Mammogram program, enough to provide free mammograms for 62 women. The Glenbard Hockey Club wore pink jerseys for three games in October, and breast cancer survivors were invited to attend this complimentary celebration of life. NCH and its community fundraising hosts understand the importance of celebrating survivorship.
The Rolling Meadows club hockey team sold little pink rubber ducks and encouraged their guests to throw them onto the ice. The ducks closest to the center target were awarded prizes.
Even the Arlington Heights Fire Department continued selling pink T-shirts to raise funds for the NCH Breast Center. NCH's own nurse navigator, Juli Aistars, ran more than 400 miles this summer while raising funds for our CT Early Lung Screening testing and smoking cessation program.
And don't forget about the support shown by local corporations. Brighton Collectibles in Deer Park donated $10 to Gift-a-Mammogram patients for every Power of Pink bracelet sold. The Ram restaurant in Schaumburg donated 10 percent of an evening's food and beverage sales to our community outreach programs. Hair Directors in Arlington Heights turned hair pink with hair extensions and asked for donations to NCH's Breast Center.
These events highlight the great people of our community who understand the needs of our patients and care enough to make a difference. In the last few months, community hosts have raised more than $55,000. To all of you who hosted, attended or supported any of these fundraisers, we thank you!