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Today's article in Daily Herald - NW Suburbs - page 4

Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Friday, April 14, 2006

Walk for Lori

What: A 1-mile walk

When: 10 a.m. April 29; registration begins at 9 a.m.

Where: Friendship Park, 395 W. Algonquin Road in Des Plaines. Info: Log onto www.laafinc.org or call (847) 561-1199

Linda Magiera didn’t even want to see or hear the words “brain cancer” after her 35-year-old daughter died last year.

But Lori Arquilla Andersen had wanted to raise awareness and money to find a cure for what eventually would take her life.

Her mom and sister in their grief last year decided to carry out Lori’s wish, starting a foundation in her name.

“With her [Lisa's] push, we did it,” Magiera said.

A Des Plaines native, Andersen had been married for three months when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, known as stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, in 2003.

On April 29, the foundation will hold a 1-mile walk to raise money for Northwestern University’s Brain Tumor Research Fund, and the American Brain Tumor Association.

Participants are asked to contribute at least $25, but are challenged to raise $200 or more.

Chicago Bulls mascot Benny the Bull is scheduled to make an appearance.

The walk or roll will be the second major fund-raiser for the foundation. A dinner held last December helped raise $7,000.

“We feel if they can find the cause, it will help them find the cure,” Magiera said

On May 6, the foundation will partake in Six Flags Great America’s charity day. Tickets are $25, less than half the normal ticket price. Some proceeds also will be donated to the foundation.

Magiera also just learned that Mayor Tony Arredia proclaimed the first week in May National Brain Tumor Action Week in Des Plaines.


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