The Stars are Aligning

I know last week I promised to talk about one of the hardest working volunteers in Walla-Pa-Looza but I felt like I need to explain to you that sometimes “it” just happens.

A few weeks ago a few of us from Walla-Pa-Looza sat down with the folks from the Centegra Sage Cancer Center for lunch to see how we could figure out how to market the Walla-Pa-Looza product and become partners in our fund raising efforts. We ended up at Cathie’s Place here in Johnsburg to meet. I wanted to make sure to mention Cathie’s Place because not only did she open her restaurant to us on a day that they were closed but she also picked up the tab. We had prime rib, salad, soup and even desert. What a great lunch. If you get a chance, stop in and say hi to Cathie and her husband Steve. They are great people and I am very happy to have their restaurant across the street from my house. The restaurant is at 4000 North Johnsburg Road in Johnsburg, Illinois.

My story with Cathie begins like this. I was introduced by a friend of mine, Dick Doyle who stopped in during their first week of business. So, when I had a chance I introduced myself and told Cathie that yes, I was the guy that started Walla-Pa-Looza. She was very excited and told me she would do anything to help raise money for cancer. So, I told her I would keep that in mind. During our conversation she began telling me all the great things that the Sage Cancer Center does and had said she would introduce me to some people at the center. She went on to tell me she worked as an RN at Centegra for years. But, her knowledge of the Sage Cancer Center was not because she was an RN but because she has breast cancer. I left the restaurant that day thinking that maybe she was right. It was time for me to meet up with the people from Sage. I kept a mental note and went along my merry way.

As things in the world work in mysterious ways, I received an e-mail that same week from someone else here in Johnsburg that is dealing with breast cancer and had just attended a luncheon with the Sage Cancer Center and had said she gave them my name and phone number. A meeting was scheduled and I have to say, I was highly impressed with the professionalism and sincerity of both the women we met with. At that lunch I decided that this would be a perfect fit. What a better way to keep locally raised money local. So, this year’s 2010 Walla-Pa-Looza event will help people locally that are dealing with cancer and cancer related issues.

After lunch I pleaded with Cathie to allow me to pay for lunch but she wouldn’t let that happen. She just said “I am just happy that you were able to meet with Mia and Amy from Sage Center and that you are all working together.” Me too Cathie, Me too!

I am now in the process of scheduling a field trip to the Sage Cancer Center for the folks in Walla-Pa-Looza so we all get a true feeling of what the goal is.

I am guessing somebody upstairs is helping connect the dots!



  • Craig, this quote made me tear up and as you know i get it!
    “I am guessing somebody upstairs is helping connect the dots!”
    Excellent story brother!

    Comment by Mike Betts — May 24, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  • Love this, Craig. Love what you’re doing. Keep up the excellent work! I forgot to tell you this, but after last year’s Walla, I was driving in Plainfield, and there was a mini van with Walla-Pa-Looza plastered all over it… the word is out and traveling!

    Comment by Terri Jacobs — May 25, 2010 @ 7:29 am