Chic, IL Bowl-A-Thon for Isaac 12-13-08

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  1. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

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    Chicago Force was contacted by a group doing a bowl-a-thon for Isaac (please read on to find out more about Isaac). At the time of Revenge of the Sith, two costumed members of Chicago Force (Jedigeek and I) and a local member of the 501st visited Isaac at the request of his patient advocate.

    On Dec 13th there will be a "Bowl-A-Thon" at the Brunswick Zone in Carol Stream. Members of the 501st, the Rebel Legion and The Jedi Assembly will be there is costume at the request of the fundraisers. It is a Star Wars themed bowling fundraiser and members of the public are invited.

    I don't know if there is any more room for bowling teams but here is some information from a press release regarding the Bowl-A-Thon:

    Here is some information from an upcoming press release and contains a website on Isaac from Children's Organ Transplant Assn:

    "Like a Jedi Knight, Isaac is bravely undergoing weeks of hospitalization to fight his leukemia. A team of Isaac?s family, neighbors and friends is attempting to raise $85,000 for medical expenses not covered by insurance.

    The bowl-a-thon will be held Saturday, December 13 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Brunswick Zone on North Avenue in Carol Stream. Each of the 144 bowlers is asked to raise a minimum of $50. All proceeds will benefit the Hope for Isaac fund. The public is welcome to attend at no cost. Star Wars costumes are encouraged for everyone.

    Awards will be given for the best costume, highest bowling score and most funds raised. A website for anyone wanting to learn more about the bowl-a-thon or to donate online can be found at


    you might have to copy and paste:

    The Hope for Isaac fund has been established in cooperation with the Children?s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). All donations made through COTA are tax deductible as allowed by law. For more information, contact Hope for Isaac Campaign Chairman Rob O?Dell at COTA is a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana, dedicated to organizing and guiding families and communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients."

    This is the article as posted in the local paper:
    For more than half his life, 11-year-old Isaac battled leukemia like a brave little soldier.

    Two weeks ago, tired of being poked and prodded, feeling weak and nauseated, Isaac was forced to gulp down a lemon-lime medication for a CT scan doctors needed to diagnose his abdominal pain.

    The Wheaton boy again managed to endure.

    "I prayed to God that he would help me," Isaac told his father after climbing back into his hospital bed, "and he did."

    Their son's courage not only sustains Mark and Deborah as they face every parent's worst nightmare, it has inspired an outpouring of humanity and a public fundraising campaign called "Hope for Isaac."

    Volunteers are trying to raise $85,000 toward a double-cord blood transplant that carries potential risks but offers Isaac his best chance of survival.

    An earlier transplant Feb. 13 in which his older brother, Nathaniel, 13, donated his bone marrow did not work.

    Isaac has been hospitalized since Sept. 30 receiving various drugs to fight potentially deadly infections since his immune system was greatly compromised from the chemotherapy he received seven weeks earlier. The child cannot have the transplant if he is not in remission.

    His parents draw upon their faith as they prepare both their sons for the worst while praying for a miracle.

    A six-year struggle

    Isaac's medical ordeal began at age 5, after a blood test for his kindergarten physical showed an anomaly.

    Doctors diagnosed him with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells, likely caused by an earlier respiratory virus.

    For Deborah , the hardest part is being powerless as her inquisitive blue-eyed boy is ravaged by a disease so cruel it makes him too weak to get out of bed.

    Her son's bravery is both inspiring and hear
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