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Fundraiser to help local woman fight cancer

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – Residents can help a local cancer patient strike back at her disease every time they attempt to roll a strike Saturday at Four Seasons Sports in Sycamore.

Members of Christ Community Church in DeKalb have partnered with the Sycamore bowling alley to host a fundraiser for Dawn Horn, who needs a stem cell transplant in her fight against mantle cell lymphoma.

Horn, who was diagnosed with the cancer about five months ago, is in remission after chemotherapy treatment, but the disease will come back if she is unable to undergo cell transplants. Ruth Wood, organizer for the event, said Horn’s medical expenses are partially covered by insurance, but costs such as an at-home caregiver and transportation to and from Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago add up.

Wood said the group hopes to raise $5,000.

“We’re very, very excited about the response,” Wood said. “We have had a lot of donations from local businesses and individuals for silent auctions and raffles.”

The fundraiser is scheduled to last from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday and will cost $15 for admission, which includes two games, shoes and a raffle ticket. Silent auctions, door prizes and live music from local band Not By Chance are part of the event, Wood said.

Marsha Royalty, owner of Four Seasons Sports, said the fundraiser is a great opportunity to help the community and help a friend. Royalty knows Horn through church and also has experienced a family member fighting cancer.

“We try to help any way we can when someone is in need,” Royalty said. “I think it’s wonderful to see that help both on the part of individuals and businesses.”

Wood said residents should feel free to come and go as they please during the event, and tickets would be available at the door. For those who cannot attend but would like to donate, Wood said they could make a contribution at www.helphopelive.org by searching for Horn’s name in the patient search.

The group has raised about a third of its target amount at $1,500, Wood said.

If you goWhat: Fundraiser for Dawn HornWhen: 6:30 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Four Seasons Sports, 1745 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore

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