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Live in the moment.

Posted January 10, 2017
This is the final letter in a series about how Cancer is Personal. This one is from Sheila Walsh, a member of The H Foundation Advisory Board who is currently fighting stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer. New year. New opportunity. New hope. Even if you have cancer. And because of research, in 2017, especially if you have cancer. Last March, my doctor diagnosed me with stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer that spread to the lungs. She …

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I Love You. What Can I Do?

Posted January 6, 2017
This is the 5th in a series of letters about how Cancer is Personal. This one is from Tina Adams, a lifelong friend of Sheila Walsh – a member of The H Foundation Advisory Board who is currently fighting stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer. Sheila getting cancer was like me getting cancer. We've been friends since we were 10 years old. "Best friends" is what you say at that age. Now, 40 years later, we're …

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Cancer is Personal

Posted December 28, 2016
The following is the 4th in a series of letters about how Cancer is Personal. This is a letter from the 15-year-old stepdaughter of Sheila Walsh, a member of The H Foundation Advisory Board, who is currently fighting stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer. When I first met Sheila, she was so different than the person I know today - but it's not because of cancer. It's because she married my dad, and apparently when you marry …

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Turning Illness into Strength

Posted December 22, 2016
The following is the 3rd in a series of letters about how Cancer Is Personal. This is a letter from the mother of Sheila Walsh, an Advisory Board member of The H Foundation who is currently fighting stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer. When I look back, it is all a jumble. Finding out about Sheila's cancer. Your children aren't supposed to get cancer. Even as adults. I don't remember who told me, but I remember holding …

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Choosing to Live. Choosing to Fight.

Posted December 15, 2016
Second in a series of letters, the following is part of our year-end fundraising efforts to support basic science cancer research. This letter is from Tim Kelpsas, whose wife, Sheila, is battling stage 4 bladder cancer. Both Tim and Sheila are members of The H Foundation Advisory Board. It's a bit of a secret, but one of the reasons we bought our home was for the quality of life if Sheila died here. Think about this: …

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Support Our Year-End Campaign,Your Donation Can Help Make a Difference

Posted December 7, 2016
Cancer does not just affect the person who gets sick. Cancer affects everyone who loves that person—we're never the same after that. CANCER IS PERSONAL. Sadly, we all have stories about cancer now, and here's yet another one.Cancer came home again to The H Foundation family this year. After beating bladder cancer in 2015, one of our Advisory Board members, Sheila Walsh, heard those dreadful words again this spring: "You have cancer." This time it …

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What to Expect at the 2016 Goombay Bash

Posted July 12, 2016
Hello All Goombayers! We are very excited for our 16th Annual Goombay Bash presented by Cadillac of Naperville this Saturday, July 16th! To help make your night even better, I wanted to reach out to you and personally share with you some highlights of the evening and ways you can help us make this the best Goombay Bash yet!! 1. AttireThe Goombay Bash is a casual celebration. Catch the Caribbean spirit and wear your Hawaiian shirts, sundresses, …

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George Wendt Video Invitation

Posted May 31, 2016
George Wendt, better known as Norm from the hit NBC comedy, Cheers, knows cancer is truly personal. His older sister is a breast cancer survivor, and a close friend is fighting cancer at this very moment. Watch George's special invitation to you for Goombay Bash 2017. The H Foundation is proud to have a legend like George Wendt supporting the Goombay Bash. With his help and your generous donations, we are raising funds …

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Announcing Our Presenting Sponsor

Posted March 23, 2016
The H Foundation is proud to announce Cadillac of Naperville as the Presenting Sponsor of our upcoming 16th Annual Goombay Bash!Frank Laskaris, President/CEO, and Jeff Holthaus, Executive Manager, of Cadillac of Naperville are the Goombay Bash 2016 Chair and Co-Chair, respectively. This announcement is even more special due to Frank’s personal connection to cancer. In July of 2015, Frank was given the devastating news about his brother, Tony, being diagnosed with cancer. With the help of The …

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LaRoyce Hawkins' Announcement

Posted July 21, 2015
Celebrity guest LaRoyce Hawkins leads Goombay guests in one last GOOMBAY! LaRoyce announced the total dollars raised at the 15th Annual Goombay Bash. All proceeds will support basic cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Your browser does not support the video tag. …

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January 10, 2017
Live in the moment.
This is the final letter in a series about how Cancer is Personal. This one is from Sheila Walsh, a member of The H Foundation Advisory Board who is currently fighting stage 4 metastatic bladder cancer. New year. New opportunity. New hope. Even if you have cancer. And because of… Read More
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