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2017 A Year In Review

Posted November 17, 2017
Dear Friends, CANCER IS PERSONAL. It’s intimate, it’s heartbreaking, and cancer does not discriminate, affecting 1 in 3 people in their lifetime. The H Foundation and our supporters are united around a common goal: to find a cure. What started 17 years ago as group of friends who wanted to make a difference in the fight against cancer, has turned one event into a movement – the Goombay Bash. Goombay is much more than Hawaiian shirts, flip …

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Inaugural Golf Classic to Welcome Honorary Chair Jeremy Roenick at Mistwood Golf Club.

Posted August 30, 2017
Golf Classic>>On Monday, September 25th, The H Foundation will host their Inaugural Golf Classic at the award-winning, newly renovated Mistwood Golf Club in support of basic science cancer research. The event will feature Honorary Chairman Jeremy Roenick - former Chicago Blackhawks player and many other Chicago-based professional athletes and celebrities. In addition, The H Foundation will present the Golf Classic Cure Cup in its inaugural year. The Cure Cup will be awarded to two (2) Golf …

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Help Shine-a-Light on the Lighting Industry’s Impact on Basic Science Cancer Research

Posted July 6, 2017
Since its inception in 2001, The H Foundation and its annual Goombay Bash has been celebrated and supported by a sense of community. This grassroots spirit has underscored the message that Cancer is Personal, affecting real people – families, friends, and neighbors. This year, at the 17th Annual Goombay Bash, The H Foundation is excited to honor the Lighting Industry for its contribution and partnership in the fight against cancer. In addition, The H Foundation will …

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What is Goombay

Posted March 31, 2017
Find out about the Goombay Bash and the Goombay spirit from CBS News Anchor Rob Johnson! Watch his message in the video below. » Save the date and join The H Foundation on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom for the 17th Annual Goombay Bash! The Goombay Bash is a Caribbean Festival to Find a Cure for Cancer. It has become one of Chicago's largest and liveliest cancer research fundraising events. Don't miss out …

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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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November 17, 2017
2017 A Year In Review
Dear Friends, CANCER IS PERSONAL. It’s intimate, it’s heartbreaking, and cancer does not discriminate, affecting 1 in 3 people in their lifetime. The H Foundation and our supporters are united around a common goal: to find a cure. What started 17 years ago as group of friends who wanted to make a… Read More
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