Join us on May 5, 2013 at the Hearts United for Alicia Benefit Fundraiser as we come together to honor and support our dear friend, Alicia Almanza in her 21 year battle against Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.
In October 1991, Alicia turned 19, after the birth of her daughter, and was diagnosed with a rare form of head and neck cancer known as Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (A.C.C.) which originated in her salivary gland. Alicia was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where she attended St. Thomas More Grammar School and Mount Assisi High School. When her health permitted, Alicia worked within various medical and law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois including Holy Cross Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and as a 911 dispatcher for Evanston, Oak Lawn, Chicago, and the University of Chicago.
Despite Alicia's commitment to aggressively battle this debilitating disease over the past 21 years, Alicia's tumor has metastasized to her brain, lungs, cervical vertebrae, kidneys, and pelvic bone. Alicia has endured numerous surgeries, radiation treatments, chemo therapies, and clinical trials. She has had to plan her life around doctors visits, treatment sessions, scans, side effects, healing, and even travel to other states in search of a treatment to stop - or even slow - the growth of her tumors.
She takes an array of medications every day, often with debilitating side effects. They make the treatment seem almost as awful as the disease itself. Some days, she braces herself for the news she may receive from her latest monthly scans; she tries her best to recover and cope with the tragic news. Some days she rocks out to Bon Jovi, some days she curses the A.C.C. and swears that it's not her time - other days, she is not as sure. Lately, in the days that follow scan results, she tries to recover from and cope with that unhappy news. There are times when she reigns in all her inner strength so that she can help console her family and friends and tries to convince them that everything will be okay - one way or another.
Studies have indicated that more than one half of cancer patients have incurred debt which negatively impacts their focus and ability to recover. Alicia's friends and family have united their hearts to coordinate a benefit event not only to honor Alicia, but to alleviate some of her financial burden so she may focus on her health and treatment.
Please help us support Alicia by joining us on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, IL from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are $35 per person. Please further consider making a donation and/or sponsoring the Benefit. We are accepting donations of any kind (raffle prizes, beverages, gifts, gift certificates, and monetary donations).
We thank you deeply for your generosity and support and look forward to seeing you on May 5th!
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