Taco fundraiser for Lori Welch

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Mulligan's Valley Pub on Route 6 in Coal Valley is playing host to a fund-raiser for Lori Welch on three Tuesdays in October. Proceeds from the pub's Taco Tuesdays will go the Welch fund-raiser.

The Taco Tuesdays take place Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 5-9 p.m. "You decide the price, Mulligan's provides the tacos" is the theme for the fund-raiser.

All of the donations are given back to Lori.

Lori is the wife of Jack Welch, a long time fifth grade teacher at Matherville Intermediate School. They are the proud parents of two sons ages 13 and 16.

"Everyone in the Sherrard School district has just been so very helpful and supportive," said Lori. 

In August of 2000 Lori was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. "I found the lump myself. I had a lumpectomy done and they took out my lymph nodes under my left arm. I did eight rounds of chemo and 35 days of radiation. I was cancer free until the spring of 2004," said Lori. 

In 2004 the cancer came back in her chest cavity. She went to the Mayo Clinic and had several weeks of surgeries and treatments done, which saved her life.

"I had a double mastectomy, four sets of ribs, my collarbone and sternum removed." They also removed a lobe in her left lung.

Following the surgery she went home, healed, and eventually went back to work.

The cancer came back again in the spring of 2005 and from March of 2005 until January of 2007 she underwent chemotherapy.

"Because of the chemotherapy and severe side effects, I could no longer teach," she said. "I had been teaching for the Moline School district since 1992. I have been home now and I do receive a disability check, however the loss of my teaching income has been devastating to say the least. We are hanging on for (dear) life, but it is very stressful trying to figure out how to pay the bills each month."

Lori added, "I am stable as of now. I do have three spots of cancer left, but they have remained unchanged for over a year."

Future

Lori is taking online courses through Kaplan University for medical transcription so she can work part-time from home but will not be finished with her classes until December of this year. Medical bills are piling up.

"I get a checkup every three months and we hold our breath every time because we do not know when or if the cancer will spread further or remain stable."

Raffles

Raffles items for the Welch benefit, with tickets at $1 apiece or six for $5 are listed below:

• R&D Concrete: two pallets of decorative stone or retaining wall blocks (approximate value of $300).

• Biaggi's: Dinner for four (two gift cards at $75 equaling $150).

• Johnny's Italian Steakhouse: $50 gift card and Hy-Vee gift card $50.

• dstudios: $170 portrait sitting and framed 11x16 oil mastered portrait.

• Hy-Vee: $50 gift card and Quad City Tennis Club: One-hour tennis lesson with Quad City Tennis Club pro.

• KD's Pizza for a year (one per month).

• Lottery Tree Raffle (tickets $10 each or three for $25)

• Halloween tree with lights $40 value and $120 worth of scratch off lottery tickets.

Silent auction

Items donated for the silent auction by McLaughlin Motors through Greg Moroni include:

• 14"x26" matted and framed three-picture artwork of the Capital dome with fireworks, Old Glory, and the Lincoln Memorial. Also, includes a Gold plaque with the words of the Star Spangled Banner.

* 27"x32" framed and matted ocean wave scene with inspirational customer service message.

Anyone who wants to contribute a silent auction bid can mail it to the address below. If you wish to purchase tickets, send a check made to the Lori Welch Cancer Fund to:

Matherville Intermediate

Post Office Box 639

Matherville, IL 61263

Attn: K. Lofgren

Please indicate the number of tickets you wish to enter for each prize, your name, phone number, and an address if you want a receipt mailed to you.