LRCF Board Members
- Erin Bradshaw
- Patti Brooks
- Bart Caldiero, Chair
- Terry Derrick
- Candy Eveland, Co-Chair
- Dr. Tom Dawdy
- Jerry Graber, Treasurer
- Karen Kessinger, Patient Liason
- Jennifer Lappe, Secretary
- Sally Stone
- Jane Wilhite
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The Lem Rhodes annual cancer Survivor’s dinner was held October 3 at the St. Lawrence church hall.
Approximately 130 people were in attendance and enjoyed the dinner, guest speakers, and fellowship. Joseph W. Richardson spoke about his cancer experience and how he’s stronger because of it. Scott Crothers was also a guest speaker.
Special thanks to the volunteers who put the dinner together, Wes Pourchot who donates his time and talents for making the meal, and everyone who attended to make it a special night together. We hope everyone enjoyed the dinner.
In 2014 the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation Fundraising Committee was founded by a group of Bond County, Illinois citizens. The group was originally made up of several teams fundraising throughout the year.
While fundraising teams are still active, more emphasis has been placed on generating funds as a committee. As a result, individuals who would like to volunteer their time but are unable to assemble a team are welcome to participate.
The LRCF donates 10% of each fundraising year towards research. In 2016, that amount was $4,000 and is being donated to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for cancer research.
The LRCF Fundraising Committee closes each year of fundraising with a Dinner for Survivors and a Celebration of Life Event.
Called a “Hope Celebration,” LRCF hosts a dinner and program in honor of Bond County cancer survivors and their caregivers.
The Celebration of Life Festival offers food, games, music, bounce houses, face painting, a bake walk, a photo booth, and entertainment in a family atmosphere. This year’s theme is “Stand By Me”. The evening concludes with a luminary ceremony.
2017’s Celebration of Life Festival is Saturday, September 30 @ American Farm Heritage Museum’s main building in Greenville, Illinois.
2017’s Survivor Dinner is Tuesday, October 3 @ St Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville, Illinois.
Named for a long-time resident who lost his life to cancer in 2002, the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation, through a confidential application process, provides financial assistance with items not covered by insurance including some medical bills, specially fitted garments, lodging, and travel for treatment.
Funds raised throughout the year stay local, helping Bond County cancer patients and those who receive treatment in Bond County, Illinois.
The not-for-profit organization foundation was initially funded through proceeds from Rhodes’ trust.
“It is my expressed intent hereby to provide a form of supplemental relief for those already saddled with the heartache of cancer, and to provide some benevolence and relief to those who are so situated.” - Lemuel Rhodes 1919-2002
The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation is a community effort to support our neighbors who are battling cancer. Lemuel Rhodes, a long time Bond County resident, lost his brother to cancer and his own life to the disease in 2002. In his will, Lem provided from proceeds from part of his trust to be used to help Bond County residents, suffering from cancer, and to offer resources as they sought treatment. Through a confidential application process, individuals may apply for assistance to help with items, medical bills, not covered by insurance, assistance with lodging and travel and treatment, specially fitted garments, and other necessary items.
In 2014, the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation (LRCF) fundraising committee was founded by a group of Bond County citizens. Monies from the Rhodes trust, supplemented by local fundraising, will help to continue to provide assistance to Bond County cancer patients or those who doctor in Bond County.