Bone marrow match proves importance of donors—join registry and save a life

Tomasko

Maddie Tomasko is a fighter. The 11-year-old Rockford resident was diagnosed with Leukemia back in April. She has already undergone chemotherapy and this week she returns to the hospital, after a brief stay at home, to begin her next step in recovery, a bone marrow transplant. Maddie’s family members were tested to determine if one […]

Crestwood Elementary School rallies behind student

A Crestwood Rocks! team member holds a poster of Maddie during the luminaria lap at Relay for Life.

by ANA OLVERA As 11-year-old Maddie Tomasko faces a difficult time in her life, her friends, family and community rally behind her in support. Maddie, a fifth-grader at Crestwood Elementary School, was diagnosed on April 7 with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). According to the National Cancer Institute, AML is a type of cancer in which […]

Relay for Life for survivors’ birthdays

WHY WE RELAY—Maddie Tomasko, an 11-year-old Crestwood Elementary School student was diagnosed with leukemia. She is currently in inpatient chemotherapy for six months and talks to her classmates during their recess each day on Skype. She is pictured here with her “true love,” Hunter, her Britteny spaniel. See Team Maddie at this year’s Relay.

Event is this Friday and Saturday; every Relayer has a story by BETH ALTENA Impressive numbers—$2.46 million raised and last year over 400 cancer survivors honored in the survivor’s lap of Rockford Relay for Life—prove the event is incredibly successful, but misses the point of the real impact of Relay. Carol Delp-Korzeja said the event […]