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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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Jun
23
Sat
Mini Golfin’ in the Wild @ Illinois CancerCare
Jun 23 all-day
Mini Golfin' in the Wild @ Illinois CancerCare | Peoria | Illinois | United States

Back again for a second year! This event is fun for all ages and compliments the already established Golfin’ in the Wild, Mini Golfin’ is a golf outing perfect for everyone in your household. This event will feature a miniature golf course, family friendly games, kid activities, treats and more – in the beautiful prairie surrounding our Illinois CancerCare Peoria location.

*Children under 2 years of age are free

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You won’t want to miss out on Golfin’ in the Wild, a once in a lifetime opportunity to golf on the unique terrain of Wildlife Prairie Park that all skill levels can enjoy! This unique, nine hole golf course is geared towards any skill level of golfer. Throughout the course are additional activities or refreshments. Dinner and entertainment provided after golfing. All proceeds benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation.

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Jul
21
Sat
Bikers for Ta-Tas @ The American Legion
Jul 21 all-day
Bikers for Ta-Tas @ The American Legion | Bartonville | Illinois | United States
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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 run for breast cancer.

Come celebrate 10 years of fundraising for breast cancer services in Central Illinois. This year’s ride will be 130 – 140 miles. The celebration will start with the last bike in by 5:00 p.m.  Madd Hatter will be the first band and Kickapoo Junction will follow.

Aug
11
Sat
Golfin’ in the Wild @ Wildlife Prairie Park
Aug 11 @ 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 level of golfer. Throughout the course are additional activities and refreshments. Dinner and entertainment provided after golfing. All proceeds benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation.

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Back again for a second year! This event is fun for all ages and compliments the already established Golfin’ in the Wild, Mini Golfin’ is a golf outing perfect for everyone in your household. This event will feature a miniature golf course, family friendly games, kid activities, treats and more – in the beautiful prairie surrounding our Illinois CancerCare Peoria location.

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Nov
3
Sat
Theresa Tracy Trot @ East Peoria Riverfront Park
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am
Theresa Tracy Trot @ East Peoria Riverfront Park | East Peoria | Illinois | United States

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 who lost her brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Donations support the mission to increase survivability of pancreatic cancer through awareness of signs and symptoms and advancement of cures through funding for research for early detection, testing and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

All proceeds to benefit pancreatic cancer research.

Nov
4
Sun
Totes for Ta-Ta’s @ Burroughs Farm
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am
Totes for Ta-Ta's @ Burroughs Farm | Morton | Illinois | United States

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 the event. Donations include pieces by Coach, Vera Bradley, and more!

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $160 for a table of 8

Nov
9
Fri
CUREageous @ Par-A-Dice Hotel
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jul
13
Sat
Leather & Leis River Run and Party 2019 @ Riverfront
Jul 13 all-day
Leather & Leis River Run and Party 2019 @ Riverfront

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 with a party at the East Peoria Boat Club with live music from 5:00-8:00 p.m. If you prefer to ride instead of drive, reserve your seat on the party bus. Proceeds raised from the this event benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation.