Board-breaking marathon to benefit local family

Bill Cho’s United Tae Kwon Do Center will host a break-a-thon fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. today to help the Neppl family with their medical bills.

Tyler Neppl, 8, of Sycamore was diagnosed as an infant with neurofibromatosis type 1, a genetic disorder that causes rapid tumor growth. The disorder affects about one in every 3,000 children, and has no cure.

Tyler has several tumors on his eyes, leg and brain. A new treatment, which will last a year, is expected to cause side effects such as depression, difficulty concentrating and a general feeling of being unwell.

At today’s fundraiser, participants are invited to learn how to break boards and to break as many as they like, at $2 a board, at the center at 1598 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. There also will be pizza and raffles. For more information, call 815-895-2008.

Donations also can be made to the Tyler Neppl Fund at National Bank & Trust Co. locations.