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Updated: February 14, 2013 6:47AM



On behalf of the board of directors of the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation and the children and teens who directly benefit from our work, I wish to express appreciation and gratitude for the recent generosity shown by our local communities.

The foundation provides comfort and distraction to children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer by providing them with a toy or gift card. During December, several local schools, churches, businesses and communities hosted holiday toy drives that resulted in more than 100,000 toys being donated.

Collecting and distributing toys is the bread and butter of the Treasure Chest Foundation, and our efforts take on added importance during the holidays as we expand the number of children’s cancer treatment centers we serve.

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of individuals and organizations, all near our Orland Park headquarters, we provide toys to directly benefit nearly 8,000 children and teens monthly at 42 children’s cancer centers in 13 states. We are truly blessed to have such support from our local communities.

Colleen M. Kisel

Founder and chief executive

Treasure Chest Foundation

Too late, Lance

So, Lance Armstrong wants to be given license to return to cycling as if nothing happened if he admits to doping during his career, which included seven Tour de France titles. Admitting to it at this late date, after all the evidence against him has been revealed, is nothing more than a joke.

I feel sorry for the sport of cycling and all the charities that Armstrong created, such as Livestrong, as now they have become defunct and a symbol of his deception, which was designed to line his pockets at their expense.

Sadly, for those who believed in Armstrong and were deceived, or those who just love cycling, this is a very dark time for the sport. I do not think the sport will revive and regain credibility anytime soon. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs drags behind the development of these drugs and therefore is impossible to curb.

Money, fame and ego still will induce unscrupulous cyclists to continue using these drugs, and no amount of moralizing or regulation is going to change it. Cycling is like many professional sports — standards of honesty and fair play got lost somewhere in the equation between love of the sport and materialistic, conceited ends.

Marie E. Roman

Tinley Park

United Wealthy of America

Regarding a comparison of today’s America with the Roman Empire, at least the Romans couldn’t give corporations a voice in elections as our Supreme Court has done.

Lincoln must be turning over in his grave. His “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has truly perished from the Earth.

It’s now government of the people, by the rich and for the wealthy.

Jim Riley

Homer Glen



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