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Chicago Will Be Event Host and Emcee
GURNEE, Ill., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Most young boys spend their seventh birthday playing with friends and unwrapping presents. Unfortunately one local boy, Jake Robert Widman, of Gurnee, won't be blowing out the candles on his birthday cake this year. Jake died of a rare form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma on May 27, 2005, when he was just four years old. This year, on his seventh birthday, his family, friends and hundreds of local supporters will celebrate his life by raising money and awareness to benefit The Super Jake Foundation.
In honor of Jake and the 12,000 other children who are struck with pediatric cancer each year, hundreds of Chicagoland residents and business leaders area will don their favorite super hero costumes and join forces against pediatric cancer at the 3rd annual Super Jake & Friends "Heroes Bash." This year's event, which will be held Nov. 3 at the Hilton Northbrook, is expected to raise more than $100,000 for The Super Jake Foundation. The funds raised will provide assistance to families with children suffering from cancer and also be directed toward research to help find a cure for neuroblastoma.
"Jake was our hero. On the day he died, we promised him that we would continue to fight this terrible disease on his behalf and do everything in our power to find a cure," said Ann Fahey-Widman, Jake's mom and president of The Super Jake Foundation. "Every year at the Heroes Bash, we celebrate Jake's life. Our hope is that one day we'll also be able to celebrate a cure."
Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero and join the fun (superheroes disguised in mild-mannered business attire are also welcome). The evening will feature the local band, Out for Hours, an open bar, dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions.
Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased with a credit card online at http://www.thesuperjakefoundation.com or by sending a check to: The Super Jake Foundation, P.O. Box 477, Gurnee, IL 60031.
Ways to get involved:
-- Attend the event. Send a check for $100 each to: The Super Jake
Foundation, P.O. Box 477, Gurnee, Ill. 60031. Please include guest
names, addresses and email addresses.
-- Become a corporate sponsor. Contact the Foundation at 847-625-0436 for
-- Donate items/services for auction/raffle. Send the item to: The Super
Jake Foundation, P.O. Box 477, Gurnee, Ill. 60031 or contact the
Foundation at 847-625-0436 for more information.
-- Send a donation. The Super Jake Foundation, P.O. Box 477, Gurnee, Ill.
Super Jake & Friends Heroes Bash
Friday, November 3, 2007
7:00 p.m. to midnight
Hilton Northbrook, 2855 North Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, Illinois
About The Super Jake Foundation
The Super Jake Foundation - helping kids win the battle against cancer - was established to honor Jake Robert Widman, who, at age three, was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma. Super Jake fought his courageous battle for a year, enduring 10 rounds of chemotherapy, four surgeries and three bone marrow transplants. Although he was declared to be in clinical remission in February 2005, he suffered a relapse and died in May 2005. Jake's family established The Super Jake Foundation to fund and find a cure for neuroblastoma and to provide assistance to families with children with cancer at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. To date, volunteers have raised more then $300,000 for pediatric cancer research.
|SOURCE The Super Jake Foundation|
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