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May 16, 2007

Hi folks,

I have been sent this email from a friend who has been devastated by the loss of her daughter from Kidney Cancer ... she was dx when she was pregnant ... a cancer that I am committed to as that is what Jeff has. Please support her if you can.
Kidney Cancer is not a "popular/common" cancer and does not get the funding other cancers do.
Linda has also managed to campaign to get March recognised in the States as Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.

Daughter's death from kidney cancer spurs Maroa mom's crusade


A mother's grief turned into a one-woman crusade to get the state to recognize July as Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.After a relentless writing campaign, Linda Cox was able to get Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sign a proclamation that is bringing more awareness to kidney cancer.Cox said it was painful to watch her 34-year-old daughter, Lori Shew of Decatur, die from the disease on Jan 18, 2005, leaving behind four children."People say they wish there was more awareness about kidney cancer, but they just wish and don't do anything about it," said Cox, 61, of Maroa. "So I decided to turn my grief into productive energy."Cox said she screamed out loud when the governor's aide, Paul Schershall, contacted her by phone and said her request would be honored. The one-time proclamation must be requested annually."It is a disease that takes thousands of lives, and there is a need to make more people aware of the symptoms and educate people on getting help early," said Abby Ottenhoff, deputy director of
communications with the governor's office.Bill Bro, a kidney cancer survivor and president of the Kidney Cancer Association based in Evanston, said about 20 states have designated a kidney cancer awareness month."We are trying to get recognition about kidney cancer in all 50 states, and then it would make a pretty compelling argument to our U.S.


Dear Chrissy,

As you know I am again participating in our local Relay for Life with Main Street Bank again this year. I participate in loving memory of my precious daughter Lori and in honor and memory of other family and friends that are either now battling cancer or have lost their battle to cancer.

If cancer has not effected your life in the past you are blessed. The chance of cancer effecting a family member or friend in your lifetime is, however, almost guaranteed. The only way to stop cancer is by research. Research takes money therefore we need EVERYONES help to eliminate this nightmare.

I ask (beg) you to PLEASE help in our effort to find a cure for cancer!! Your tax deductible donation, no matter how small, CAN make a difference! This is the only time each year that I approach my family, friends and loved ones. I hope my plea does not offend you, but as you know I am PASSIONATE to see cancer eliminated. When it comes to helping eliminate cancer, I put my pride aside and will do everything I can to help. PLEASE help ME by making a donation today!

Follow the link below to visit my personal web page where you can donate on the American Cancer Societys secure website by using your VISA, or you can mail a check, payable to the American Cancer Society, to my attention:

Linda Cox
52 Hilltop Drive
Clinton IL 61727

*If you make your donation on line you will get a confirmation via e-mail from the Cancer Society. Keep (print) this confirmation as it is your receipt for tax purposes.

After you have made this donation you can designate whether this donation is made in memory or honor of a specific person. This memorial will scroll to the right of my web page.



Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Relay For Life of Macon County


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Posted: Wednesday May 16, 2007, 5:34 am
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