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At 75, Roger Nuhn of Glasford is a relative newlywed. When he and Bonnie married five years ago, he joined a close-knit family—two daughters, five granddaughters and two great-grandsons (and another great-grandchild on the way). They all rallied around him when he started treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the winter of 2014.

So did his Illinois CancerCare family. Presented with the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial, Roger debated it, then decided, “What have I got to lose?” The answer: Nothing. He’s not only responding well to treatment—which he’s not sure he could have afforded on his own—but he’s also recovered the energy to do the things he loves. “I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without this treatment. Now, I feel like doing stuff again.” That includes plans to head to Florida with Bonnie to escape the coming winter.

Cutting-edge cancer treatments offered in our patients’ hometowns. Through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), Illinois CancerCare shares in $2.5 million of annual funding for National Cancer Institute clinical trials. Patient costs for trials exceed that amount, however, resulting in a significant budget shortfall. The Foundation fills that gap—committing up to $400,000 per year for the next four years to help ensure local patients receive the quality care they deserve, close to home.

Roger Nuhn May 8, 2017

Asked which is tougher, war or cancer, U.S. Navy veteran Millard Diseker doesn’t hesitate. “Cancer is bad, but war is worse. This is a different kind of fight.”

It’s a battle he’s been waging for some time now. Diagnosed with prostate and colon cancer eight years ago, Millard underwent treatment and spent seven years cancer-free. But the disease returned, and now he’s in the midst of a two-year chemotherapy program. Despite side effects like fatigue, insomnia, mood swings and hot flashes, Millard remains positive about his treatment— a new drug combination that’s part of a Foundation-funded clinical trial aimingto increase prostate cancer survival rates—and his future.

Cancer took Millard’s first wife, Paula, three years ago, but he’s been fortunate to find love again with his fiancée, Carol, and the two hope to get married in the spring. He credits the team at Illinois CancerCare for standing shoulder to shoulder with him throughout his fight. “They’re fabulous people. From the lab, to the pharmacy, to the treatment pod, everyone here is so kind-hearted. They always have your six.”

Since 1979, nearly 10,000 cancer patients have participated in more than 1,400 clinical trials through Illinois CancerCare, many funded in part by your contributions to the Foundation. Unlike bench research, which is conducted in a lab with test tubes and animals, clinical trials are applied research using human subjects—essential in advancing cutting-edge care and offered comfortably close to home.

Millard Diseker May 8, 2017

Events

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Jul 21 all-day
12:00 am
Begins and ends at The American Legion – Bartonville Food, Music, Raffles, 50/50 drawing, cash and other prizes Founded in 2008, Bikers for Ta-Tas is a committee steered not-for-profit organization highlighted by a fundraising motorcycle[...]
The American Legion
Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm
3:00 pm
You won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity to golf on the terrain of Wildlife Prairie Park that all skill levels can enjoy! This one-of-a-kind, nine hole golf course is geared towards any skill[...]
Wildlife Prairie Park
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
1:00 pm
Join us for a cold one and get the facts on prostate screening. It could save your life! Craft Beer Tasting Live Music Rain or Shine Includes pints for Prostates Pint Glass & two beers[...]
UFS
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am
8:00 am
The Theresa Tracy Trot is a 4 mile run or 2 mile walk along the East Peoria Riverfront and Levee District. It is held in honor of Theresa (Naramore) Tracy, a young wife and mother[...]
East Peoria Riverfront Park
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am
11:00 am
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Live Auction starts at 1:00 p.m. This champagne brunch features new and gently used handbags, totes, wallets, coin purses, etc. that will be available by live and silent auction during[...]
Burroughs Farm
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
6:00 pm
 
Par-A-Dice Hotel
12:00 am
Join the Central Illinois Parrot Head Club for an all day event touring both sides of the Illinois River in the Peoria area and stopping at beach themed bars along the way!  The event concludes[...]
Riverfront