Pictured, from left: Ella Marzolf, Katelyn Branch; Jill Swanson-Peltier, founder of Lemons of Love; Ashley Welk and Ashley Adams
May 31, 2016
If you or someone you love has undergone cancer treatment, you know that little things mean a lot. And, big things can turn a lemon-y day into something much sweeter! Our deepest thanks to the Prospect High School Lady Knights soccer team and preschoolers from St. Mark Preschool & Enrichment Center, who recently visited NCH with the non-profit organization Lemons of Love. The visitors delivered care packages to chemotherapy patients at NCH. Each care package contained candy, a Superman mug and a homemade painting.
The Lady Knights ran a 6 week service project and collected enough items to make nearly 70 chemo care kits and raised over $425 at their Coffee / Lemonade Stand! We are so grateful to have their support and hope they continue their philanthropic ways! Thank you!
April 27th, 2016 by Charlene King
On April 9, 2016, Laurel BMW of Westmont held its 2nd Annual Lemons of Love (LOL) Silent Auction and Gala at its dealership. The event was a huge success raising over $52,000 – double the amount from last year’s event. All proceeds benefit the charity and the production of its chemo-care goodie bags.The fundraiser was an unforgettable experience with one-of-a-kind racing and luxury auction items, as well as, special guests including Chef Michael Shrader of Standard Market, Shaun Hays of Chicago Chalk Champ, and Jason Amato of Takedown Eventures.
Founder, Jill Peltier, gave a heartfelt speech saying, “Because of your generosity, compassion and love for our charity, we’re able to continue our good work bringing smiles, happiness and hope back into the lives of cancer patients nationwide.”
From Northshore University Health System - April, 2016
Just two years ago, Jill Peltier began the fight of her life. She went to see her doctor and had a colonoscopy that revealed she had late-stage colon cancer. Peltier had surgery to resection her colon followed by six months of chemotherapy at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center.
Every time she went for chemotherapy, she noticed that other cancer patients were often alone and looking worried while waiting to be seen. A friend who always went with her for treatment helped Peltier keep her spirits up. Another friend gave her a gift basket that included lemon drops to remove the sometimes metallic aftertaste of the drugs being used. “We’d make the best of it,” said Peltier, “and I would always say, "I’m making lemonade."
While in treatment, Peltier decided to start making chemotherapy care packages to bring some hope to other patients. She asked a friend to sew handmade bags embroidered with a “Lemons of Love” logo she created. Then she called on friends in motor sports, her business circle, to donate funds to help secure the goodies for the bags. A bag might include a no-fragrance lotion for skin dried by chemo treatments, ginger tea to soothe stomachaches, natural lemon drops, a can of lemonade, bottled water, superhero socks, and, sometimes, jewelry. “Each one is different, depending on current donations,” said Peltier, who started out funding the bags with $10,000 of her own money.
Lemons of Love, our Q4 event winner, received the group donation check for $5,500 outside of 300 N. LaSalle. Founder Jill Swanson Peltier, along with several others from Lemons of Love, were joined by 100+ Who Care Chicago Board Members Jay Sebben, Anne Delaney and Corey Benjamin for the presentation.
While it is our goal to donate no less than $10,000 as a group each quarterly event (@$100 per attendee), our Q4 event didn't quite reach our turnout expectations due to several factors, most notably the crazy weather. It was a great night of collective charity, nonetheless, and 2016 will grow on this year's successes! Click the logo to find out more about the 100+ Who Care Chicago Chapter.
Meet Sarah Montgomery. Lemons of Love is going to the races in 2016, bringing back Sarah Montgomery in the Lemons of Love MX5 Cup Car. See how Sarah got involved with Lemons of Love.
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