Oak Lawn girl who battled rare brain tumor dies
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org August 29, 2013 4:00PM
A fundraiser for Abby Wujcik will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, 5345 W. 99th St. in Oak Lawn. Abby recently was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Information: visit www.werabbysarmy.org. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:29AM
An Oak Lawn girl whom the community had rallied around since she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in the spring of 2012 has died.
Abby Wujcik, a third-grader at Kolmar Elementary School in Oak Lawn, died Thursday morning at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, a family member said. She declined to comment further, saying it was too soon after Abby’s death. Arrangements are pending.
Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 is “ready and willing to provide” grief counselors if needed for students at Kolmar, district spokesman Joseph Macchia said.
Abby was diagnosed in May 2012 with high-grade astrocytoma after her first-grade teacher noticed the girl had difficulty in school with her handwriting.
The American Brain Tumor Association’s website said children with astrocytoma usually have don’t have a high-grade version, which advances more rapidly and usually is found in adults.
The Oak Lawn community rallied around Abby after her diagnosis, with several fundraising efforts to help with her medical bills. One was a carnival in July 2012 at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School. In April, Abby attended a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event in which more than $15,600 was raised for cancer research as nearly 50 children and adults had their hair shaved at Hannum Elementary School in Oak Lawn for donations. Last month, a fundraising golf outing for Abby was held at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont.