Girl diagnosed with leukemia, family deals with hardships
ROSCOE — Daycare provider Mary Ann Ives and several families are holding a benefit for a family with an injured dad and a child with leukemia.
The spaghetti dinner and bake sale benefit will be held from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ledgewood Elementary School. It will feature raffles, nail painting and more.
Raffles will feature gift certificates to local restaurants, gas stations and other businesses. The spaghetti dinner costs $8 for adults and $5 for children. It includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti and salad, bread, coffee, juice and milk.
The Weber family has endured great hardships in the past couple of years. In August of 2009 Kailee Weber, currently a second grader, was diagnosed with leukemia. Ives said she knew something was wrong because Kailee wasn’t swimming in the pool, which she usually loved to do.
Kailee had a strong spirit and was able to finish first grade through use of a tutor at home. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation. By December 2011, her treatments should be finished.
Ives said Kailee’s parents, Dana and Kevin Weber, were looking forward to taking Kailee to the Roscoe Fall Festival this year because they had to miss it the previous year due to her leukemia. However, disaster struck the family again.
Kevin Weber, who had been laid off from a Rockford area construction company, was doing some part-time work roofing and fell off a roof through a skylight. He suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a broken pelvis and a concussion.
He went to rehabilitation for a month, but it will take about a year to completely heal. He’s been using a wheelchair and crutches to get around.
To help the family, Ives and other parents of children in her daycare are rallying together to help. Some of the parents spearheading the event are Brian and Renee Porter, Jeff and Ruthann Shreck and Larry Paye. Penny Wallace, Kelli Darin and Chris Delsanto will be assisting with cooking and students from Hononegah High School will be volunteering with kitchen work.
Those interested in making a cash donation can do so at Blackhawk Bank in Roscoe. Those who wish to mail a donation can write “Weber benefit” in the check memo and mail it so Blackhawk Bank, 5206 Elevator Road, Roscoe, IL 61073.
For information on making donations for the raffle people can contact Mary Ann Ives at 815-289-1114.