Fundraiser set for family of Grayslake woman losing battle with cancer

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You may remember a year ago our own Julian Crews shaved his head to help build awareness for a community fundraising effort in north suburban Grayslake, IL.

But despite valiant efforts and alternative treatments, sadly the mother of three, Yvonne Block is rapidly succumbing to the ravages of cancer.

As Yvonne’s husband and children provide in-home hospice care for her, friends and community members are rallying around this grieving Grayslake family.

fundraiserposterA  fundraiser has been set for September 20 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Charlie’s Tavern in Grayslake (255 Center Street).  The entry fee is $20 at the door.

To make matters worse, the Block’s have exhausted their personal funds and savings in the desperate effort to extend Yvonne’s life though experimental and alternative treatments not covered by insurance.

As a result, the Block family is in danger of losing their home.

So the community has set up a secure, on-line fundraising website to help defray the family’s medical bills with the goal of raising $15,000.

To donate, go to:

For details, contact Yvonne’s niece, Amy McNamee at:




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1 Comment

  • Tania Runyan

    I supported this; thank you for bringing it to our attention. Please reconsider your headline. Someone who is dying doesn’t need to be called a loser on top of it. Cancer is a disease, not a moral “battle” or test of character. It is what it is and needs more objective, compassionate treatment in our language. Bless this family.

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