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Updated: May 28, 2013 6:44PM

Elgin: Cancer Society Walk and Roll event scheduled

Individuals who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer this spring can join the thousands of walkers, skaters and bicyclists who support the American Cancer by participating in the fifth annual Walk and Roll on Saturday, May 11 at Festival Park in Elgin to walk, bike or skate in the 42nd annual American Cancer Society’s Walk and Roll.

Registration opens at 8 am with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 am.

Walk and Roll is a family friendly event and is one of the Society’s largest annual fundraisers in Illinois. Participants can choose to walk, bike or skate multiple distances that span a morning or day, and wagons, strollers, tricycles and wheelchairs are welcome. There are options to participate individually or form a team with co-workers, friends and family to honor or remember loved ones that have battled cancer.

Unique to the Fox Valley event, walkers with leashed dogs can take them on the 5K “puppy” path.

This year, the Society hopes to attract more than 10,000 participants between the three Illinois locations and raise $1 million statewide to help people stay well and get well, to fund and find new cures, and to rally people to fight back.

“While today, two out of every three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving, it’s time to finish the fight against this disease and save lives faster by taking action,” said volunteer Katie Michel, who is walking for her dad, Steve Michel, a skin cancer survivor. “Walk & Roll is an uplifting event that brings the community together to fight this disease that has touched so many people we know.”

Every dollar raised at Walk and Roll makes a difference by supporting lifesaving research to fight every form of cancer and enabling the Society to offer free resources and services to cancer patients and their families, according to a release from the society.

Walk & Roll participants raise funds prior to the event and then take part in an empowering day that celebrates survivors, remembers those lost and takes a stand in the fight against cancer.

There is a $15 pre-event registration fee for all participants ages 18 and older, or $20 day of event. Participants are encouraged to raise $100 to receive a free event t-shirt. Most participants aim for a goal of $250 or more. To register, or learn more about the event, visit or call 630-879-9009.

St. Charles: Alzheimer’s educational program set

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter’s educational program, Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at Autumn Leaves of St. Charles, 10 N. Peck Road.

As Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias progress, friends and family members may find it difficult to spend time visiting the person with dementia. This program will provide insight into dementia and its effect on communication and behavior, and will introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make time spent more comfortable and meaningful for all concerned.

Program specialist Lauren Levin will present and take questions following the program.

To register for this program offered at no cost, call 847.933.2413 or register online at

Elgin: YMCA Tot Trot scheduled for May 11

Registration is now open for the Second Annual Tot Trot sponsored by the Prairie Valley Family YMCA, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at Taylor Family Y branch.

“Considering this is the day before Mother’s Day it’s a great opportunity for children to win a medal — or even a trophy — to give their moms for Mothers Day on Sunday,” said Laura Rudie, operations executive for the Taylor Family Y where the races will be held rain or shine. The Taylor Family Branch is located at 50 N. McLean Blvd.

Tots ages 2 and under will run a 20-yard course beginning at 10 a.m. Age 3 runners (35 yards) will step off at 10:30 a.m. followed by 4-year-olds (50 yards) at 11:00 a.m.

Parents will be able to position themselves at the start and/or finish lines, but not be on course until the first three runners cross the finish line. Until that happens, all participants must be able to run under their own power. First place finishers will receive trophies while 2nd and 3rd place winners will get silver and bronze medals respectively.

“In addition to a medal they can give their mom, all runners will also get some finish line treats as well as a hearty round of applause for their efforts,” Rudie said.

Registration ($5 per child) can be completed on-line at Participation will be limited to the first 100 registrants in each age category. Day-of check in will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registrations are also being accepted at the branch office.

For more information, contact the Taylor Family YMCA at 847-888-7410.

Elgin: Women’s Heart Health event at Sherman

Sherman Health will host its second annual Wine & Women’s Heart Health event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Sherman Hospital, 1425 N. Randall Road.

This free event provides a welcoming environment for women in the community to learn, ask questions and get answers about heart disease, the leading cause of death facing women.

Since caring for your health should be celebrated, the Wine & Women’s Heart Health event will include a complimentary wine tasting and dark chocolate, according to a release from Sherman Health.

Sherman’s heart experts, including physicians, will speak one-on-one with attendees and answer their questions. Sherman physicians scheduled to attend the event include Drs. Solomon Secemsky, Maciej Malinski, Azmey Matarieh, Raminder Singh, Kushleen Dhillon, Priya Gambhir, Susan Hamada, and Ellen Kochman.

This event will also feature free massages, free screenings for blood pressure and pulmonary vascular disease, expert advice on varicose veins and raffles. In support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, attendees will have the opportunity to find their perfect shade of red lipstick. The first 100 attendees will receive a free stemless wine glass.

The Wine & Women’s Heart Health event will take place in the 4th floor conference room of Sherman Hospital’s Medical Office Building. To register for this free event, call (800) 397-9000 or visit

Elgin: Speakers to relate death experience

Ed and Molly Loughran will be the special guest speakers on Sunday, April 28, at Vineyard Church of Elgin, 220 Division St. The public is invited to hear their story at the 10 a.m. worship service.

On May 21, 2012, Ed Loughran decided to take a ride on his new bike near Joliet, where he pastors Vineyard Community Church. Eleven miles from home, he says, he was interrupted by the spirit of God speaking to him. When Loughran reached home, he wasn’t feeling right, so he took a shower, came downstairs, then sat on the floor — and died, according to the pastor.

Loughran will talk about how he was revived several times that day, describe what he says were encounters with God during that time, and relate his wife’s role in his revival.

Elgin: Church garage sale to benefit Haiti

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will have a large garage sale to provide family water filtration systems for Haitians living in Jacmel, Haiti. The sale is Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1111 Van St. Call David at 847-931-5216 for more information.

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