We reported last month the story of Maple Park native Becky Nelson, who suffered extensive brain trauma and a shattered pelvis when she was struck by a vehicle in the Cayman Islands on July 1. Nelson didn’t have health insurance, and was flown from the Cayman Islands to a Miami hospital before she was finally transferred to a hospital in Chicago. She is currently undergoing therapy at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. However, her application for Medicaid is still being processed.
To say that Becky’s treatment is going to cost a lot of money is a severe understatement, and the amount of her bills that will be covered by her pending insurance is still unknown. Right now, she’s just working with a physical therapist to sit up and balance again and while beginning to regain her ability to speak.
As is typical of the Kaneland community, local residents have stepped up and put together a fundraiser for Becky in an attempt to cover her medical expenses.
Elburn Herald reporter Cheryl Borrowdale’s feature story on Becky’s fundraiser details the efforts of the Nelson family and Elburn resident Audry Buchanan as they work to put together the Help Becky Bounce Back fundraiser, which will take place Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kaneville Community Center.
Becky is a preschool teacher, and the event will feature numerous children’s activities, including a bounce house, Halloween-themed arts and crafts, wagon rides, games and face painting. Families can purchase $15 wristbands at the door to give their children unlimited access to activities, and families with three or more children can purchase wristbands for $10 each. Tickets for individual activities will also be available.
There will also be live music for the adults, as well as a bean bag tournament, a 50/50 raffle, a bucket raffle and a silent auction. Teams can register for the bags tournament for $20 a team.
Raffle prizes include two tickets to see the Chicago Bears play the Detroit Lions on Nov. 10 at Soldier Field, a queen-sized Sealy mattress and a Stihl leaf blower. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20; they are available now at Old Second Bank locations in Elburn, Kaneville and Maple Park, as well as at the event.
Silent auction items include a Kaneland Knights jersey autographed by Don Beebe, Blackhawks and Bears jerseys, a wine tasting for a party of eight, a photo session, a quilt, a private group yoga session, gift certificates and a variety of gift baskets. Donations of prizes are still being accepted, and the list is growing.
Food from Paisano’s and Hill’s Country Store will also be for sale, and some of the proceeds will go toward the fundraising effort.
We’re not surprised to see the local community doing everything it can to help one of its own, and these efforts remind us that we’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the Kaneland area. If you have some time to set aside on Oct. 20, consider attending Becky’s fundraiser. It promises to be a great time for an even greater cause.