Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation

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Uniting Our Community
Helping Those In Need

Fundraising Goal for 2017:
$45,000

LRCF raised $40,000+ in 2016 to help local Bond County folks (our family, friends, and neighbors) who are battling cancer. Join us in the fight!

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Featured News

Quilt Raffle

The LRCF is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win this beautiful t-shirt quilt made by Teresa Burrus. Tickets are $5 each and only 200 are being sold. Buy tickets at any LRCF fundraiser or event, any member of the LRCF committee, the Bond County Office Annex on the square, and our Celebration of Life event. Drawing will be on October 3rd during the Survivor’s dinner. Winner doesn’t need to be present to win.

ALSO, Team Doll is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win guaranteed pay out of $1000! Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. You can email Jane Wilhite at jwilhite61@hotmail.com or Diane Bingham at dbing1018@att.net. Jill Bailey also has them available at Bailey Real Estate. The winner will be drawn at the Celebration of Life festival on Saturday, September 30th.

Raffle Quilt 2017

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Team Games at Celebration of Life Event

LRCF Fundraising Committee

  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 The group was originally made up of several teams fundraising throughout the year.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.

Luminaries at 2014 Celebration of Life Event

LRCF Survivors Dinner &
Celebration of Life Festival

 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, bounce houses, face painting, a cake 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.

Donation Cards at Kahunas Burgers and More

About LRCF

  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.

About the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation

“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.

LRCF Board Members

  • Erin Bradshaw
  • Patti Brooks
  • Bart Caldiero, Chair
  • Terry Derrick
  • Candy Eveland, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Richard Funneman
  • Jerry Graber, Treasurer
  • Karen Kessinger, Patient Liason
  • Jennifer Lappe, Secretary
  • Sally Stone
  • Jane Wilhite