Red wristbands help the Kishwaukee YMCA DeKALB - Thanks to Lance Armstrong, wristbands in support of charity are all the rage, and now the Kishwaukee Family YMCA is following in the path of the six-time Tour de France winner's foundation, which raises money for cancer research through the sale of the yellow wristbands. These red YMCA wristbands are being sold in conjunction with the YMCA's Strong Kids fund-raising campaign. The campaign will benefit the Y's financial assistance program for families and children who might not otherwise be able to afford to participate in Y activities. Last year the Y gave more than $150,000 in financial assistance through the program to those who use its facilities. Without that money, about 1,050 children and families would not have been able to participate in such programs as swim lessons, after-school care, swim team, summer day camp and sports programs or become members of the Y. YMCA Executive Director Sandy Stinson said the wristbands are "a fun and unique way to bring awareness to what the YMCA does best, helps people grow to their potential." Wristbands are available at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for a donation to the Strong Kids campaign. The suggested donation is $3, but "people are often giving us much more than that," Stinson said. For more information, contact the Kishwaukee Family YMCA at (915) 756-9577 or visit www.kishymca.org.
Assisted Living Guide put out by area agency Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging has developed a new Assisted Living Guide for Northwestern Illinois to provide assistance to older adults and their families searching for a new living arrangement. The guide provides information about each licensed assisted living facility in the region and provides consumer information, including how to choose a facility. Directories also are available for licensed long-term care facilities and other housing options. For more information, call the NIAAA office at (815) 226-4901 or (800) 542-8402.