Guest Column: May 28 event to support local’s walk for breast cancer

Ryan Maxey is a woman of much strength and determination. She is bright, intelligent, good humored, fair and honest. As she is friendly and outgoing, Ryan is a friend to many. Above all this, she is loving and compassionate.

Perhaps some of you know Ryan as a bartender at the Irish Rose Saloon or as a patron of your business. If so, you know as I do the kind of wonderful person she is. If you do not know Ryan, now is a great time to meet her.

Ryan will participate in a three-day walk for breast cancer. Sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the walk will take place in Chicago Sept. 5-8. In three days, she will walk 60 miles.

This is not the first charitable act done by Ryan. In 1998, she accompanied her mother, Lena Maxey, on a medical mission in Haiti. For two weeks, medical clinics were set up, and the health care needs of individuals in Haiti were tended to. Ryan was there as an EMT-B.

Cancer strikes a personal chord for Ryan. In 2002, she lost her aunt to cancer. At age 42, the cancer believed to have originated in the ovaries, had spread throughout her entire body and took her life. Within the past year, Ryan has also lost a friend to cancer.

Ryan’s loving and compassionate nature, coupled with her experiences with cancer, is why she has decided to participate in this three-day walk. She cannot, however, do it alone. She needs our help! There is a $2,200 entrance fee for the walk. Ryan is asking anyone interested in helping her with this entrance fee to attend her fund-raiser.

The fund-raiser will be at the Irish Rose Saloon, 519 E. State St., from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 28. There will be a buffet of food provided by Mike and Robin Leifheit. Live entertainment will include Sarah A. and Holland Zander. There will also be a raffle.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Irish Rose Saloon or at the door the night of the event.

If anyone would be interested in donating but would be unable to attend the fund-raiser, there are still ways to help. Donations may be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 3, Monroe Center, IL, 61052. All donations are tax-deductible.

Ryan’s fund-raiser is not only for a wonderful cause, it is sure to be a wonderful evening. Please join us for food, music and friends! Ryan needs our support!

From the May 24-30, 2006, issue

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