Regular readers know that my kids often make an appearance in this space. They’re funny, determined, and making my hair go gray, and I’m thankful every day that they are healthy and a part of my life.
In this business, we meet a lot of sick kids. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down with parents of children with rare and/or serious illnesses to write stories about awareness or fundraisers. The fundraisers are a big deal; there are few things worse to imagine than having a sick child, and one of them is having a sick child and a crushing financial burden.
Next weekend, there will be two fundraisers, miles apart, both for sick little boys in our community.
Maxwell Weigand is a 1-year-old from Sycamore who was born with persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns. He spent most of his first month of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, where at one point a doctor told Maxwell’s parents, Michael and Jamie Weigand, that the best thing they could do was pray.
The Weigands are working three jobs between the two of them, trying to pay off the bills from the NICU, plus pay for the developmental and physical therapy Maxwell still needs. Their family will host a fundraiser from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Fox Valley Kickers, 1015 Harvey Road in Oswego. The event will have food, a cash bar, games for kids and adults, live music, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 and children younger than 10 are admitted free. For tickets or to donate to the raffle or silent auction, contact Stacy Michels at 630-263-1355 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Weigand at 630-554-7677 or email@example.com.
A couple of weeks ago, you may have seen our story about Dylan Carey, a 3-year-old from Shabbona who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, on the Fourth of July. We sent a reporter to a shave-a-thon benefit in Shabbona, where people shaved their heads in solidarity with Dylan and donated money to help the family with his medical bills.
Dylan’s father, Tim, is a volunteer firefighter. The family has to split their time between home and Central DuPage Hospital, where Dylan undergoes chemotherapy. He is expected to undergo a stem cell transplant soon.
Katie Quinn, who organized the shave-a-thon, is at it again. She has scheduled another fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in Lions Park in Waterman.
Because Dylan loves to run and play with his older brother, Quinn has organized a picnic in the park event. Waterman’s “little train” will be giving rides through the park, and children can explore police cars and fire engines. There will also be games, music and concessions, and guests are invited to bring a dish to share potluck style.
Due to incorrect information provided to The MidWeek, the phone number listed in the story “VAC offers free Corn Fest transportation for seniors and people with disabilities” in the Aug. 28 edition was incorrect. The correct number was 815-758-6641.