Updated: February 27, 2014 6:47AM
We at Christmas Without Cancer wish to give our thanks to the community for its generosity in helping us provide financial support again this year to families coping with cancer. Our support over the last decade has helped hundreds of families, and this year our newest neighbor and partner, Binny’s Beverage Depot in Evergreen Park was a major benefactor.
With the star power of Mike Ditka, Binny’s hosted a fundraising event and penned a check for $10,000. The fine people of Binny’s were impressed with our past efforts and approached us to assist, not trying to grab the spotlight as much as stand shoulder to shoulder with a caring community.
In addition to Binny’s donation, Ditka signatures on 186 personal items generated another $4,650 while random walk-up gifts in the store brought in $483. Every penny from this outpouring of support is earmarked directly for families in need in Beverly, Morgan Park, Mount Greenwood, Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park.
The Christmas Without Cancer mission has always been simple — identify need and provide gifts and basic necessities to Chicago area families with members stricken with cancer, allowing the beauty of Christmas to shine through while family members find comfort in their devotion to one another.
The concept from the first list of family names scribbled on my kitchen table in 2003 has flourished into Christmas Without Cancer. If not for your generosity, it would be a discarded scrap of paper. In 2013, we helped more families than ever before.
I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last 10 years and even prouder to know you are my neighbors, my friends and my fellow humanitarians. Thank you.
Gerri Neylon and the Christmas Without Cancer team