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
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The Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation holds an annual festival and a cancer survivor’s dinner in September each year. But this year, due to COVID-19, the situation is different. The foundation is cancelling the celebration of life and survivor’s dinner because many of those who typically attend have compromised immune systems, and it would not be prudent to gather and celebrate at this time.
The foundation will conduct a virtual luminary ceremony to light up Facebook on Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at 7 p.m. They welcome anyone and everyone to submit a luminary name(s) that will be posted via Facebook that evening. This is a way to recognize those who have won their battle with cancer and honor those who have since passed on.
Find our Luminary Order Form here on the website that may be used for submitting a name, or a name may be mailed to Jane Wilhite at 406 W Spring Ave, Greenville, IL 62246. You may also submit a luminary name via Facebook directly by message to the Facebook page: Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation.
There is no charge this year, although a suggested donation is $5 per luminary. These names will also be in the Greenville Advocate in an LRCF ad at a later date to honor those people.
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 The group was originally made up of several teams fundraising throughout the year.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.
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.
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.