We at the Elburn Herald try out best to avoid repeating ourselves when it comes to the editorial section. But in a month best known for ghosts and goblins, jack-o’-lanterns and scary treats, it’s kindness and compassion that have been the most prominent themes found on our pages this October, partly due to Kindness in Kaneland Week (Oct. 13-19). So we can’t think of a better time than now to bring attention back to the story of Becky Nelson, the Maple Park native who suffered severe brain trauma and a shattered pelvis after she was struck in a hit-and-run incident in the Cayman Islands on July 1.
Becky’s journey since that fateful day has been a long and tedious one. She was in a coma for several weeks, and had to be flown from the Cayman Islands to a hospital in Miami in order to receive proper treatment. She was eventually flown to Chicago to continue treatment, and she’s currently undergoing physical therapy as she attempts to get her life back on track. Problem is, she didn’t have health insurance at the time of the hit-and-run incident, and her Medicaid application is still in the “processing” stage. Considering the amount of transport and treatment Becky has needed during the past three and a half months, her medical bills are going to be astronomically high.
Enter Becky’s family, and Elburn resident Audry Buchanan, who have come together and planned a fundraiser for Becky as a way to offset and potentially cover her medical costs. The fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kaneville Community Center.
Sundays in the fall is typically reserved for football viewing, apple picking and leaf raking. However, if you have the chance to spare an hour or two this Sunday, consider heading over to the Kaneville Community Center and joining in on the fundraising fun.
Families can purchase $15 wristbands at the door to give their children unlimited access to activities. Families with three or more children can purchase wristbands for $10 each. Tickets for individual activities will be available, as well. Activities that will be offered during the fundraiser include live music for the adults, a bean bag tournament, 50/50 raffle, bucket raffle and silent auction. Teams can register for the bags tournament for $20 a team.
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.
This Sunday, set your DVR for the Bears-Redskins game and then make the trip to Kaneville to participate in the Help Becky Bounce Back fundraiser. That way, you can take comfort in knowing that while the Bears spent their afternoon sacking the living daylights out of Robert Griffin III (let’s be honest: the Redskins are terrible this year), you spent your afternoon helping Becky sack her medical expenses. That’s a pretty great way to go about your Sunday, if you ask us.