November, 2017 - By Luciana D'Andretta, WindingRoad.com
As you probably can tell, we are big fans of MX-5 Cup racing. In either the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup series or Pirelli World Challenge TCA, MX-5 Cup cars and drivers put on some of the best road racing in North America.
Like most of you, we are not big fans, or fans at all, of cancer. A good friend and racing industry veteran was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer, and, as you probably have experienced, it has been a rough trip. It is tough for the victim and tough for friends and family. Lemons of Love is a charity that aims to make the road a little less bumpy for victims of cancer. They send gift packages to people diagnosed with cancer and who are going through chemotherapy. The gift items are specially selected to comfort chemo patients.
MX-5 Cup cars and Lemons of Love come together in an annual raffle. You buy raffles tickets to win a Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car. Lemons of Love gets donations so that they can carry out their work. Then good things happen.
September 22, 2017
2017 marks the 15th year of Brighton’s efforts to support breast cancer awareness by selling limited edition commemorative bracelets and accessories with a portion of the proceeds donated to breast cancer charities on local and national levels.
What sets Brighton apart is their community involvement. The staff from each of Brighton’s 200+ stores hosts Power of Pink events to empower survivors and raise funds to help those challenged by the disease. “Pink Events” will vary from week to week focusing on different themes –caring for the Community, the Body, the Heart, the Mind and for the Family.
Brighton’s owners, Jerry and Terri Kohl, started their business over 40 years ago. They resolved to have a company that would be run from the heart and ensure their customers and employees are treated the way they would love to be treated. All while giving back to the communities where Brighton Collectibles stores are located. To date, Brighton has raised over $6 million for breast cancer charities.
As part of #BrightonGivesBack, Power of Pink is one of Brighton’s many charitable initiatives which generously supports many local organizations including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Soles4Souls, Brighton Loves Schools and charities focused on women re-entering the work force. Through the years, the company has donated over $10 million to organizations in every major city through promotions and charity fundraising events.
Known for luxurious, timeless accessories created by their own team of designers, Brighton also produces handbags, belts, footwear, small leather essentials, eyewear, luggage, fragrances and gifts. To see the entire line, visit brighton.com.
August 2017 | By Admin
Lemons of Love was a nominated organization and recipient of the 2017 Norwex Foundation for a Brighter Future Charitable Award. A check was presented to Lemons of Love at the Gurnee, IL, Experience Norwex Event on August 15, 2017. Lemons of Love was nominated by Barbara Henby, Executive Sales Leader, IL, and team members Megan Reuwer and Heather Kalis.
- Kristi Hubbard, Chief Executive Officer Norway USA, Inc
Thank you Norwex USA!
August 2017 | By Sarah Montgomery
On July 14th Jidd Motors, a Luxury Car Dealer, had their Grand Opening of their first Luxury Auto Auction as well as new location at 1313 Rand Rd. in Des Plaines.
At this opening event they auctioned off a vehicle to benefit “Lemons of Love Charity” to sponsor their upcoming 13hr Enduro at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet which will be held on August 12 – 13.
The auction raised a grand total of $15,435 to help sponsor their upcoming event. Special thanks goes out to the Spiro Pappas and Dr. Hassnain Syed for their generous donations.
Lemons of Love is forever grateful and honored to be a part of this wonderful event and they plan on giving away more care baskets to the cancer patients who are going through chemo and radiation therapies. Please visit Jidd Motors at www.jiddmotors.com.
1313 Rand Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Drag racing, off road trucks, stock cars, sports cars, formula cars, go-karts, monster trucks, drag boats, powerboats and more, Jill Swanson, CEO of F.A.S.T. (Fresh Air Systems Technologies) talks the business of keeping motorsports professionals cool in the cockpit.
Located in Des Plaines, IL., Jill understands the harsh environment that race cars impose upon drivers, and her business helps give competitors an edge by reducing body temperature and filtering and cooling breathable air.
Don’t miss out on the Enduro with a Twist at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet August 12 & 13th. It is a great event for anyone interested in cars.
A cancer survivor, as well, Jill founded Lemons of Love, a charity involved with assisting those battling the disease and the beneficiary of the event.
Dust swarms and hammers echo in a musty former tax office under renovation but Jill Swanson Peltier is envisioning a bright room with a crackling fire and comfy chairs where cancer survivors find solace.
Saturday marked an onslaught of demolition work at the future home for Lemons of Love in Mount Prospect as Peltier, the group's founder was joined by a team of volunteers.
This fall she plans to open a cancer support center in a transformed building.
"We'll have support groups for people going through chemo, for survivors, and for caregivers," Peltier said. "We'll have a salon room for people to do private head shavings."
Other features will include a library and space for volunteers to assemble and create items for Lemons of Love's signature care packages for people undergoing chemotherapy.
More than 4,200 hand-stitched bags containing comforts such as ginger tea for nausea, "superhero" socks, and lemon drops to remove the taste of chemotherapy have been delivered since Peltier started the charity after being treated for colon cancer in 2014.
Now in remission, she recalls "the first thing that goes is your taste buds. Some one gave me lemon drops and it helps your taste buds come back to life; you can taste a cheeseburger again."
A new nonprofit is putting a fresh spin on an old idiom while helping cancer patients squeeze some joy out of their medical journeys.
"When life gives you lemons, laugh out loud," cancer survivor and Lemons of Love Northwest volunteer Sarah McLain said Friday.
The ladies (and one gentleman) of Lemons of Love Northwest have embarked upon a venture to show those in the throes of the disease that they're not alone.
They hand-craft tote bags and fill them with items cancer patients need — tissues, water bottles, lip balm, lotion — as well as a few sweet surprises, like chocolate-covered blueberries or inspirational pictures drawn by local elementary school kids.
About once a month, these love-filled bags are delivered to cancer centers such as Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services and Cancer Care Northwest. “Everybody loves the picture,” said Cathy Kobs, who founded the LOL Northwest branch with friend Sue Edwards. “That’s the first thing they say. They’re not ‘get well’ pictures, just happy pictures."
Jill Swanson Peltier, founder of Lemons of Love, a non-profit organization offering care packages for those going through chemotherapy treatments, hosted a luncheon with Michelle Parnell at Parnell’s home in Lake Forest in early September. The day featured lemosas (lemonade and champagne), as well as tea and lunch. Peltier, the president of Des Plaines-based F.A.S.T, a purveyor of goods for the motor sport community, invited professional race car drive Sarah Montgomery to deliver captivating tales of her time on the tracks.
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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