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Super Jake Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Heroes Bash on Nov. 14 to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Research

GURNEE, Ill., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ --This year you can wear your Halloween costume twice while helping kids with cancer. Hundreds of Chicagoans are expected to turn out in their favorite super hero costumes to raise money for pediatric cancer research at this year's Super Jake & Friends Heroes Bash on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Northbrook Hilton in Northbrook, Ill., to benefit The Super Jake Foundation.

"The five-year survival rate for neuroblastoma is only around 30 percent and that hasn't changed in 40 years," said Matthew Widman, president and co-founder, The Super Jake Foundation. "With only about three percent of federal cancer research dollars going to childhood cancer research, these alarming statistics won't change anytime soon without the help of more people and more organizations like ours who take on pediatric cancer as a cause."

All proceeds from this event benefit The Super Jake Foundation, the 501c3 national non-profit organization Widman and his wife founded in honor of their son, Jake Widman. Jake died of a rare form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma on May 27, 2005 -- having lived just four years, six months and 24 days.

The event costs $100 in advance, $125 at the door, and includes dinner, dancing, open bar, and a silent and live auction. To RSVP, log on to

The Super Jake Foundation has raised more than $1 million in just five years, the majority of which has been used for research grants. As an entirely volunteer-run organization with very little overhead or administrative costs, the vast majority of dollars raised go directly to research and patient grants.

Event Information

Super Jake & Friends Heroes Bash

Saturday, November 14, 2009

7:00 p.m. to midnight

Hilton Northbrook, 2855 North Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, Illinois

Why a "Heroes Bash?"

Children battling cancer need superhuman strength to get through their ordeal. In Jake's case, his Superman shirt and cape helped him feel like a superhero, giving him strength throughout his heroic battle with cancer. The last photos taken of Jake, just one week before his death, are of him in his Spiderman costume outside the doors of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The Heroes Bash honors his memory, and celebrates the extraordinary courage of all the children currently fighting cancer every day.

About The Super Jake Foundation

The Super Jake Foundation -- dedicated to helping kids win the battle against cancer -- is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization 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 more than a year, enduring 10 rounds of chemotherapy, four surgeries and three bone marrow transplants. Although physicians said he was in clinical remission in February 2005, he suffered a relapse a month later and died on May 27, 2005. Jake's family then established The Super Jake Foundation to fund and find a cure for neuroblastoma. For more information about The Super Jake Foundation or Jake's story, go to

SOURCE The Super Jake Foundation

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