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2007: Wheaton Family Raises Money for Pediatric Cancer Patients
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Wheaton Family Raises Money for Pediatric Cancer Patients

2 Mile Run/Walk Scheduled for October 21 in Lisle

WINFIELD, Ill., October 4, 2007 — Each person handles the loss of a loved one in a different way. Along with his family and friends, Tim Traver, a 25-year-old Wheaton native, has taken his grief and turned it into hope for others.

“I lost my mom, Dorothy Traver, four years ago to uterine sarcoma at Central DuPage Hospital,” says Traver. “My family was there for her, and I know she'd want us to help other families enduring the same struggle.”

“Providing assistance for pediatric oncology patients and their families in the DuPage County area is important to us. My older brothers, Dan and Dave, and I were raised in Wheaton and my parents provided us a wonderful childhood. I cannot think of a better way to honor my Mom’s memory than by helping patients, their siblings and parents overcome the obstacles posed by cancer so that they may have the opportunity to experience the happiness we enjoyed as a family.”

Dorothy Traver’s family and friends have been hosting events locally to raise money for pediatric oncology patients at Central DuPage Hospital since May of this year. On Sunday, October 21, at Benedictine University at 9 a.m. the Traver family, in collaboration with U.S.A Track and Field and Fleet Feet Athletics is hosting the first “Dorothy's Family 2-Mile Run/Walk” at Benedictine University in Lisle. This run/walk has been organized by the Traver family and their friends, including a group of Dorothy Traver’s friends—10 parents of Benet Academy alumni.

Pediatric oncology patients from all over the western suburbs regularly visit Children's Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital’s Pediatric Outpatient Center for Hematology and Oncology services.

The expert pediatric team in Hematology/Oncology at Children's Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital provides comprehensive care in treating children with blood diseases and cancer including leukemia, lymphomas, solid tumors, sickle cell disease, thalassemia, hemophilia, anemia, platelet and coagulation abnormalities. Services include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, transfusions and coagulation factor replacement therapy.

“The volunteers for Dorothy's Family Fund are focused on easing cancer's burdens on our kids and their families,” says Child Life Specialist Trina Krischon. “Donations to Dorothy's Family Fund will be directed toward purchasing special items to help the children adjust to their care here – such as toys to help them look forward to the completion of treatments. Other donations have been video game systems, computers and a DVD library for use during treatments to keep their minds occupied.”

If you are interested in registering or learning more about Dorothy’s Family 2 Mile Run/Walk please contact Tim Traver at 312-363-8875 or visit www.dorothysfamily.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. Through its affiliation with Children's Memorial Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital offers a full range of inpatient services including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staffed continuously by appropriate specialists on CDH’s medical staff.

In the Children's Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center parents have access to a wide range of pediatric sub-specialists, including those in cardiology, neurology, otolaryngology, allergy/immunology, hematology/oncology, urology, orthopaedics, pulmonology, GI and surgery.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

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