By Susan Johnson
You can help a family that has been devastated by cancer, not once, but twice. Their friends are hosting a benefit Friday, Oct. 12, at the North Suburban Women’s Club, 6320 N. Second St., Loves Park. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and free for children younger than 5.
Ken Goettsch and his wife, Laurie, and their friends all grew up in the Winnebago, Ill., area and attended Winnebago High School. He and Laurie had been together since high school days. Laurie was the daughter of Judy Mulcahey. Ken worked at Seward Screw for more than 35 years, and he and Laurie had a son, Kyle. The family was close, always supporting each other and coming together in times of hardship. But recently, they have been tested to the limit.
In July 2011, Ken was diagnosed with lung cancer, which eventually spread to his brain. He received chemo treatments over the course of a year, but on Aug. 22, 2012, he lost his courageous battle and died in Rockford Memorial Hospital.
A few weeks before his death, on July 19, Laurie’s mother, Judy Mulcahey, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Doctors originally thought she had six to nine months to live, but after more extensive tests, it was found to be more serious than they thought. The pancreatic cancer spread to Judy’s liver, and she, too, died on Sept. 5, just two weeks after Ken’s passing.
Friends would like to do more than offer their sympathy. Son Kyle, a student at Winnebago High School, could use some help, and there are still medical bills to pay. Family friend Julie Boggie gave us some details of the joint benefit planned in honor of Ken and Judy, and to give their son Kyle a good start on his education fund.
Corporate contributors to the silent auction are: Backyard Grill & Bar, Cherry Bowl, Charter Fitness, Cimino’s Pizza, Cookies by Design, Family Video, Karnival of Karnage, Laser Quest, Maciano’s, Noodles & Co., Pec Playhouse Theatre, Photo Creations by Connie (Connie Lockard), Riverside Community Bank, Rock Valley College, RockValley College Studio Theatre, Shabonn’s, Sugar Jones, Sullivan’s Foods, Tasetfully Simple,Topway Foods (Jennifer Wescott) and Texas Roadhouse. Also, thanks go to the North Suburan Women’s Club, who donated their facility for the event.
Individual donors are Melinda Carlson, Dena George Hobbs and Darren Mattes. Other donors may still come forward before the event. Everyone is invited to come out and support a good cause.
From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue