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Author Fri Jul 19 2013

Support Local Writer, Kevin Kane, & His Battle with Cancer

Kevin Kane is an MFA student at Columbia College Chicago, managing editor of The Handshake, a husband, a father, and a talented Chicago writer. Last October, Kevin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia while his wife, Kate, was pregnant with their first child. Kevin and Kate's savings -- savings meant for the birth of their daughter and Kate's maternity leave -- have been depleted due to costly medical expenses. Kevin has been unable to work, exhausted from the chemotherapy treatments, and Kate has only been able to work part time as she is busy caring for Kevin and their baby girl, Etta.

In Chicago, our writing community is strong and tight-knit. Please help Kevin and his family by attending a fundraising event at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport, July 23 at 7:30pm.

The following entertainment will be provided: readings by Joe Meno, Lindsay Hunter and Megan Stielstra; comedy performances by Liza Treyger, Kenny Witzgall and Maggie Ritchie; and music performed by Cloudbirds and DJ Doug Hall. There will also be a raffle with some major prizes. Cost of entry is $20 or $30 including a complimentary drink and raffle ticket. Buy tickets now.

Kevin is the kind of person who would attend a fellow writer's fundraiser. Please do the same for him. Let's get together for an artistic evening and help this amazing family with an unexpected financial burden. Read more about Kevin's journey and/or donate here.

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Cindy Kane / July 22, 2013 9:36 AM

My name is Cindy Kane (no relation to Kevin) but I do work at the Leukemia Research Foundation, based in Wilmette, IL. We have a patient financial assistance program and if Kevin is interested in applying, please have him email me and we will send him the application. Or if he prefers he can go to our website and click on "Patient Programs" and then "Financial Assistance" he can pull up the form. The program provides $2,500 over a three year period, and patients are eligible to re-apply once their initial three year period is complete. The program reimburses almost any treatment-related expense not covered by insurance, such as: physician bills, laboratory bills, prescription drug expenses; costs associated with treatment where insurance companies or hospitals decline treatment.

Please give Kevin my best, and if he wants to contact me I can be reached at or at 847-424-0600. Thank you.

Mikaela / July 22, 2013 7:51 PM

Thank you so much, Cindy! I passed this information along to Kevin. You are amazing!

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