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Thomas Kuba (from left), Denise Kuba, Tommy Kuba, Matthew Kuba and Kyle Dekker pose for a photo during a vacation to Mexico. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 16, 2013 6:01AM



Denise Mushinski Kuba is a very determined, loving and caring woman, her friends say.

Those qualities and more are why family and friends of the Chicago Ridge resident are teaming up to help with her medical expenses. They will host “Sunshine for Denise” from 1 to 5 p.m. April 21 at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest.

Kuba, a married mother of three who has been fighting pancreatic cancer and a blood disorder, hasn’t been able to work at Palos Community Hospital, longtime friend Terri Golden said. But Golden remains impressed by Kuba’s strength in the face of adversity.

“She’s a very determined woman. Loving. Caring. Always helpful and kind,” Golden said. “Now the people she’s helped over the years want to help her.”

They’ve been friends for about 16 years.

Kuba’s health took a turn for the worse in the last year or so, Golden said.

“She was diagnosed and then she developed a rare blood disorder from the chemo. It was a double whammy, being treated for pancreatic cancer, which is in remission, and then getting the blood disorder,” Golden said.

Medical treatments, as Golden said, “are not cheap.”

She’s hoping the fundraising event will help defray some of those costs.

“It’s going to be awesome. We have some great raffle prizes and auction items,” Golden said.

She said NBA star Dwyane Wade — like Kuba an alum of Richards High School in Oak Lawn — had autographed a jersey for the fundraiser.

“So we’ll have that for an auction item, too,” Golden said.

Asked about the name of the event, “Sunshine for Denise,” Golden said the name reflects her family and friends, adding “we are Denise’s rays of light.”

Kuba, 47, is married to Tom Kuba. She has a son, Kyle, and stepsons Matt and Tom.

She formerly worked in the radiology department at Palos Community Hospital. For many years, Kuba also volunteered as a committee member and advancement chairperson for Cub Scout Troop 3665 and Boy Scout Troop 665.

Her health took a bad turn during Memorial Day weekend 2011. In June of that year, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Shortly after, she began radiation and chemotherapy treatments to prepare for an operation to remove the tumor. In December, immediately after her six-week recovery period, Kuba began chemotherapy for the second time as a precautionary measure to ensure the cancer was gone.

In 2012, she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called hemolytic-uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura caused by the chemo.

As a result, Kuba’s kidneys began to shut down, and she now is in stage 5 kidney failure. She alternates days of kidney dialysis and plasmapheresis, which helps filter the bad plasma and replace it with new plasma.



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