Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation

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Uniting Our Community
Helping Those In Need

Fundraising Goal for 2020:
No specific fundraising goal set due to conditions created by COVID-19 pandemic

LRCF raised $49,337.12 in 2019 to help local Bond County folks (our family, friends, and neighbors) who are battling cancer. Join us in the fight!

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Care Baskets Offer More Than Simple Comfort

The LRCF has had several applicants this year and something new that the fundraising committee has helped to put together are Care Baskets that are filled with items they might need to help them along their battle with cancer. The response from recipients and their families so far has been very appreciative. One is quoted saying, “Having people thinking of you at a time like this means a lot.” Items include: snacks, LRCF t shirt, chapstick, hand sanitizer, lotion, and even a blanket! Special thanks to Kelli Lahr for helping make the fleece blankets, the 11 members of the Black Diamond quilting guild for the lap quilts, and to Karen Kessinger for putting the baskets together. Just something special to help them along the way.

white basket and green basket, each filled with colorful blanket or quilt, blue LRCF tee shirt, bags of snacks, body care products

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 The group was originally made up of several teams fundraising throughout the year.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 2019, that amount was $4,900 and is being donated to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, earmarked for research in honor of Taylor Marti.

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, music, bounce houses, face painting, a bake walk, a photo booth, and entertainment in a family atmosphere. Our forever theme is “Hope Lives Here”. The evening concludes with a luminary ceremony.

A big Celebration event in 2020 will not be held, unfortunately, due to conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Details for a smaller event are TBD.

There will be no Survivor Dinner in 2020 due to conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

LRCF Board Members

  • Diane Bingham, Treasurer
  • Erin Bradshaw
  • Patti Brooks, Secretary
  • Bart Caldieraro, Chair
  • Jack Chism
  • Kelly Derrick
  • Terry Derrick
  • Dr. Tom Dawdy
  • Karen Kessinger, Patient Liason
  • Jane Wilhite