This isn’t strictly a Kane County fundraiser, but it’s happening in Kane County and for a very good cause, so we thought we’d rebroadcast it here, courtesy of the city of Aurora.
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner has announced that he will (and we are not making this up, as Dave Barry might say) have his head shaved to raise money for two young students he recently met who are in dire need of medical care.
Calling it the mayor’s “Shave for the Students” campaign, the shaving will take place during a public event at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora.
Money raised during the campaign will go toward helping defray medical costs for the families of a 15 year old boy and 19 year old girl.
The young man is stricken with Crohn’s Disease. He and his single mother must travel into Chicago for his treatments. However, the family is without a car of their own, meaning they must rely on the generosity of friends or public transportation to make the weekly trek. Money raised through “Shave for the Students” will go toward gas cards, vouchers, and other needed items to help defray transportation costs.
The young girl has Rett Syndrome, which is treatable by prescriptions. However, she has aged out of the program that had been covering the costs of the medication forcing her family to pay for the medication out-of-pocket.
“Our children mean a lot to me and to all of us. My goal is to make sure that these two families can be assisted in a meaningful and quick way and Aurora has always stepped up to help our kids in need,” Weisner said.
The mayor is asking the community to help him assist the families and ease their medical burdens. Through May 19, donations are being accepted at www.gofundme.com/HelpAuroraStudents. In addition to shaving his head, the mayor will match a percentage of the total donations.