New Year, New Beginnings

It’s been a few weeks since I posted a blog so I figured I would bust one out this week.

Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers, It was an incredible game. Look out for my Chicago Bears in 2011!

First off, I hope the New Year is treating you well. I am so excited to see what 2011 brings us. So far this year we saw Wayne Jett from Jett Heating and Cooling put together an event that teamed the NFC Champion Chicago Bears with Jett Heating & Cooling at the Algonquin Brunswick Zone XL to help raise funds for a Crystal Lake teenager, 14-year-old Brandon Peters.

Peters, a freshman at Crystal Lake Central High School, suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a terminal cancer. They rose well over $40K for the family. I was fortunate enough to meet Wayne at his Shop with a Cop event at Boone Creek this summer. Wayne cares about this community more than anyone I know. I got so into his event that I ended up winning a furnace during a live auction.

The furnace works great and I am happy I was able to help.

Next up, The Johnsburg Lions are putting on our monthly meat raffle on February 3rd at Castaways Bar & Grill in Johnsburg, Illinois. The proceeds will go to the Benjamin Chase Freund Fund. As you may or may not know, Chase has a soft tissue cancer and recently just lost his father Rob to a fireworks accident. Please come and support this family as Jennifer has gone through quite a lot this past year. No family should endure the pain that they have had. As I sit here, I get teary eyed just thinking about what she has gone though.

Then we have the ladies that call themselves The Rack Pack 7. They have put together a group that is part of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. They are having a pancake breakfast on Sunday February 13th at the McHenry Moose Lodge. Please come out and support their efforts. C’mon, who doesn’t like pancakes?

I am working on helping a teenage girl here in Johnsburg that was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which has invaded her spine. I have reached out to the family to see if we can provide some sort of help. I am waiting for some paperwork and approval from my board, but I am ready to dig in.

I am also asking for some prayers for a dear friend of mine. Her step mother is going through a breast cancer battle of her own.

Finally, I posted the following status on my Facebook page the other day:

"One of my closest friends, her step mom has breast cancer, I hate that I cannot do more……I hate this f**King disease. Sorry I am ranting but it hurts me to hear about it all the time!"

Those words were spoken out of anger. I hate seeing people I love hurt.



  • Great words, Craig. I am proud of you and your work!

    Comment by Mary Ann — January 25, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  • See Craig, you have 24 likes at this point. I thought you said that nobody ever reads your blogs! I know I am kind of obligated to read them, being your wife and all, but I must say that each one brings a tear to my eye. It is so hard to see people hurting, the ones physically affected by the disease, and the loved ones emotionally affected. Hopefully, by your efforts, and with the help of our friends and volunteers, we can make some sort of a positive impact on this horrible disease.

    Comment by Joanne Wallace — January 25, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  • AMEN to all of this…. Likes left and right!! It is going to be an awesome year of conquering. We have built an incredible team and I love watching the community right along with us!!!

    Comment by sheryl — January 25, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

  • Because you care enough to make a difference, a difference is being made.

    Way to be Mr. 500!

    Comment by wendy — January 25, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  • Good stuff Craig. Keep up the great work.

    Comment by Jack — January 26, 2011 @ 7:59 am