Fundraiser set for former Tinley Park resident
BY MIKE NOLAN email@example.com July 30, 2013 6:42PM
Patricia Paloumpis holds a flier for a fundraiser for her sister-in-law, Judy Beyer-Glass, who was diagnosed in June 2012 with stage 4 uterine cancer. Beyer-Glass and her husband have been married a little more than a year and lack health insurance. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 1, 2013 6:05AM
Judi Beyer-Glass was following a diet and exercising to improve her health and lose weight, yet there was a stubborn belly bulge that refused to go away.
One doctor surmised it was a benign tumor. But it wasn’t until June of last year when she was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer that the cause of the bulge became apparent.
Chemotherapy treatments have had no effect, and Beyer-Glass and her husband, married just over a year, are without health insurance and living on a limited income, according to Patricia Paloumpis, a sister-in-law to Beyer-Glass.
To help pay mounting bills for her treatment, Paloumpis is organizing a fundraiser starting at 8 p.m. Friday at Orland Bowl, 8601 W. 159th St., Orland Park.
Paloumpis is the wife of Ed Beyer, Beyer-Glass’ brother, whose Beyer Natural Health Solutions medical office is in Tinley Park. His brother, Stephen, also has a medical practice in Frankfort, Beyer Wellness Center. Paloumpis is the office manager of the Tinley Park office.
Beyer-Glass and her brothers also have three other siblings. She grew up in Hazel Crest and attended Hillcrest High School.
Formerly a schoolteacher in West Virginia, Beyer-Glass’ husband has found only part-time work as a substitute teacher since coming to the Chicago area, Paloumpis said.
Beyer-Glass worked part time as bookkeeper for her brother’s Tinley Park practice and had no insurance coverage.
Paloumpis said that although her sister-in-law has a high tolerance for pain, she is taking seven different medications to control it, and had to quit work last month.
She and her husband initially lived in Tinley Park and moved a year ago to Bourbonnais. They’ve tapped whatever savings they were able to accumulate to pay living expenses, and both belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bourbonnais, which is providing help to the couple, Paloumpis said.
“They are very frugal people,” but just covering basic living expenses has become increasingly difficult, Paloumpis said.
Beyer-Glass turns 52 Wednesday.
“It’s (the fundraiser) not only about raising money, it’s also a show of support,” Paloumpis said. “Everybody is wanting to do their part.”
A website to buy tickets — judibeyerglassbenefit.myevent.com — has been established, and there is a link to that site from a Facebook page, facebook.com/JudisFundraiser.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets also can be purchased at Beyer-Glass’ brothers’ medical centers.
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