People are busy and life can be rough with ups and downs at your job or in your family. No parent should ever have to see their child die. No parent ever wants to see their child even suffer from illness, not alone a deadly illness.
Kevin and Kristyn Wujcik, of Oak Lawn, had watched close friends lose their 7-year-old son to brain cancer. They knew the odds and the severity of the disease when they received the same bad news about their beautiful six year old daughter, Abby. Kristyn tells the story of the fateful day they learned something was wrong, the diagnosis, the treatments, the hospital stays and the joy this young lady brought into their lives as well as the lives of others. We would warn you that it is compelling reading that makes the reader sad yet enlightens you about a terrible disease. Anyone that has a child will tell you that they would gladly trade places with their sick child.
When Kristyn said she wished that she could trade places Abby was concerned for her mother’s health forgetting about her own troubles.
Abby apparently made a strong impression upon her classmates and community in her short eight years of life. Recently, nearly thirty classmates, friends and family members of Abby Wujcik gathered at Kolmar School in Oak Lawn to decorate signs for today’s Live Like Abby Family Fest, which will take place from 12 pm – 4 pm at Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School.
The signs will be used to mark various attractions, games and activities at the Fest, and classmates and friends of Abby’s will be working many of the activities at the event.
The Live Like Abby Family Fest will feature an afternoon fun for children of all ages, including bounce houses, face painting, games, incredible raffles, food, music, prizes, and much more. The Family Fest will provide an opportunity to celebrate the life of an incredibly strong girl who touched the lives of many during her time.
General admission is free, with tickets available for purchase for food, games and activities.
The Live Like Abby Family Fest will raise funds for The Live Like Abby Foundation, a partner of the John McNicholas Brain Tumor Foundation, whose mission is to improve treatments and ultimately find a cure for brain cancer.
Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School is located at 5345 West 99th Street in Oak Lawn, Ill. For more information on the Live Like Abby Family Fest, please visit www.livelikeabby.org One hundred percent of all donations go to pediatric cancer research.
Next Saturday allows you to enjoy family fun at Moraine Valley’s Halloween 5k at 9 a.m.
Participants can walk or run the chip-timed, certified 5K (3.1 mile) loop around campus with the runners taking off first and prizes awarded to the top finishers. Children ages 5 to 12 also can participate in a 1K (.62 miles) run. All pre-registered participants receive a T-shirt. Costumes are encouraged.
The Little Pumpkins Patch is a free family area open during and after the race that includes a costume contest, trunk-or-treating, bounce house, monster piñatas, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and more.
Early bird registration ends Sept. 30 and is $35 for community members, $30 for Moraine Valley alumni, $25 for Moraine Valley students, and $10 for the children’s 1K race. The price for community and alumni increases by $5 in October. Signing up on race day is $50 for community members, $40 for alumni, $35 for students, and $15 for children.
Proceeds from the race will go to the Moraine Valley Foundation, which provides scholarships to students.
Moraine Valley’s FitRec is providing six-week training for the 5K and 1K starting Sept. 19. Prices are $25 for members and $40 for non-members for the 5K and $15 for members and $25 for non-members for the 1K.
For additional information or to register, visit www.morainevalley.edu/fitrec.