Golf Outing Committee members Kathy Gordon, Hal Schwartz, Rose Gillece and Tammy Spilis.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Network Real Estate Group held its Fifth Annual Golf Outing at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.
Network Real Estate Group, LTD., is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the sale and leasing of office, investment, retail, industrial and new development properties in the Chicago metropolitan marketplace. Headquartered in Tinley Park, Network Real Estate Group raised $10,740 for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation with its fifth consecutive popular golf outing.
"I would like to thank everyone for their contributions to this worthwhile cause," said Hal Schwartz, Founder and CEO of Network Real Estate Group. "From the many people who worked long hours preparing the day's program, to the individuals and companies who donated items and cash, your generosity will do more good than most of us will ever know. It is not every day that we get to take someone else's pain away, even for a short time."
Numbers help to tell the story of the golf outing's overwhelming success: Network Real Estate Group received generous donations from nearly 30 sponsors including Terry's Lincoln Mercury, Freedom Title Corporation, Currie Motors, Great American Bagel, Schmidt, Salzman & Moran, M & E Heating and Cooling, Enchanted Florist, Durbin's, Sebert Landscaping and Fleckenstein's Bakery. In addition, a total of 70 corporate and individual donors supplied a variety of auction and raffle items. Far less tangible but more important is the measurement of the tremendous, positive impact the Network Real Estate Group provides for raising the hopes and dreams of the brave children and teens fighting cancer.
Colleen Kisel, Founder and CEO of the Treasure Chest Foundation, recognizes and appreciates the impact of the annual golf outings. "We are extremely grateful to Hal Schwartz and the entire Network Real Estate family. In these hard economic times when so many charities are struggling along with the commercial real estate market which has not fully recovered, it is amazing to receive such a tremendous donation," said Colleen.
Guest speaker Theresa Ruiz of Plainfield, whose six-year-old son Emilio is battling leukemia, knows just how much the Treasure Chest can mean to the children served by the Foundation. "My son and the other young cancer fighters love the toys. When he undergoes a procedure such as a spinal tap, it's the visit to the Treasure Chest that makes the moment a bit easier. The Treasure Chest Foundation has healed the hearts and souls of these brave children who are suffering. In their eyes, they are not bound by the cancer or illness. In a child's eyes they look for happiness and joy, and that can be found in a gift of a toy or gift card."
Hal Schwartz closed with a few simple words that spoke volumes: "You are lucky you don't know." Hal's message was loud and clear.
Thank you, Network Real Estate Group!
Guest speaker Theresa Ruiz of Plainfield , whose six-year-old son Emilio is battling leukemia, knows just how much the Treasure
Theresa Ruiz Speech
Mommy, why do I have cancer? These were the words that I faced when my son was diagnosed at the age of 3 in January 2008. At an age when the world is supposed to be playing dress up or baseball, and learning independence, my son learned all about cancer, chemotherapy, IV poles, blood counts, medical terminology, hospitals and clinics.
My son Emilio was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia after many weeks of questions and a few hospitalizations. I will never forget the moment I heard the words, "It is cancer" by Emilio's oncologist. I could not believe what I was hearing. My baby had cancer. It was a somber moment, and a life changing moment.
What was normal in our lives was taken away in a second with that diagnosis. Emilio started treatment that day. There wasn't a second to waste. It was at that moment that we lost all freedom as a family, and my husband and I became glued to Advocate Hope Children's Hospital where my son is being treated. After each treatment, IV, needle stick, chemotherapy, spinal tap and bone marrow procedure, Emilio was allowed to choose a toy from the Treasure Chest. Depending on how painful the procedure was, he could go to the "closet" for a larger toy. I can not tell you enough how much that meant to us. Emilio actually was excited about having a spinal tap! Why? Because he got to go to the Treasure Chest closet and pick out a brand new toy! His eyes would always lighten up when opening that door to the closet. In my mind, it was a total relief to get through the procedure without a struggle and without having to hold him down, when Emilio was already suffering.
Emilio's protocol for ALL was 3½ years of treatment, after which he will have follow-ups for 5 years before he can be regarded as "cured". Cancer has hurt us as a family- emotionally, financially and spiritually. All the power we once had to do as we pleased when we pleased is gone. We are bound by Emilio's cancer. Emilio was unable to attend preschool fully, he could not sign up for sports, he could not go into stores, and he was completely homebound because he was too weak or did not have the immune system to fight off germs in the outside world. The only thing that retained his childhood was the donation of the toys from the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.
The Treasure Chest Foundation was founded in honor of Martin Kisel. Martin also had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and was treated at the same hospital and by the same doctors. The Foundation is serving over 13 states, meeting the needs of 40 locations and over 7,700 children each month. That's a lot of toys and gift cards! Teenagers also receive benefits from the Treasure Chest. Instead of a toy, they have the option to receive a gift card donated from various donors. The Foundation does not leave any child out.
The Treasure Chest Foundation has healed the hearts and souls of these sick children who are suffering. In their eyes, they are not bound by the cancer or illness. In a child's eyes they look for happiness and joy, and that can be found in a gift of a toy or gift card.
2011 Golf Outing volunteers take a break from a long day of work.
(Pictured left to right) John Tondola, Karen Bergeron, Kathy Gordon, Rose Gillece, Diane Jackson, Colleen Kisel, Hal Schwartz,
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