Psst, you, yeah you! It’s blogging time!

Sometimes, I get in a rut just like you. I have a million things going on and forget to drop a blog onto our website. So, here is what is going on with the guy that parties for cancer. A couple of weeks ago, my family, friends and I worked the first annual McHenry Warriors Girls Fastpitch Tournament called “Take a Swing at Cancer”. It was an incredible event. We had live music by Always Frantic and Schramm & Weber, 50/50 raffles, food by Family Affair, Windy City Wings and much more. We raised awareness, money and had some fun too! My heartfelt thanks goes to the teams, families and friends I met out at Peterson Park. Seeing the cancer survivors throw out the first pitch was so incredibly cool. We are very excited and cannot wait to do this again next year!

Another group here in Johnsburg was doing something similar. The Johnsburg J-Hawk Lightweight Football team brought out the pink game socks and wristbands for breast cancer awareness. The coaches wore the “Heroes For Hope” pink shirts to benefit the American Cancer Society along with the Jessica Bertulis Trust Fund. Jessica is a 15 year old girl who lives locally battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, Walla-Pa-Loozaand The Johnsburg Lions helped raise money for Jessica a while back. To help the cause you can purchase t-shirts from the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. Go to She is a great girl. We wish Jessica a speedy recovery. That reminds me, Jerry owes me a shirt!

Speaking of Jessica, I just read an article about the Pink Fire Truck named after Jessica in the Northwest Herald. The truck has been signed by a bunch of women battling cancer including my former classmate Audra Tucker who has breast cancer. I also noticed they parked the fire truck outside of CC Salon in Johnsburg. I know the owner of the salon and she does her part in raising money for cancer. She does an event every year at Raymond’s Bowling Alley and has donated to our cause as well. Once I have the date for her event I will get it to you!

Also, Windy City Wings in McHenry is donating 15% of its proceeds to Walla-Pa-Looza on October 15th. Please stop and have something to eat and drink, trust me it goes to a great organization! It’s a nice way to raise money and have a night out too!

October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it would be really cool to see a lot more pink showing up around the fall colors here in McHenry County.

Well, I better run, I just received another application for financial assistance from Walla-Pa-Looza, time to fire up the troops, we have some work ahead of us!