ELBURN – The Elburn Lions Club is hosting a benefit for a local resident who's battling Stage 4 esophageal cancer. The Todd Kuipers & Family fundraising event is at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the club, located at 500 Filmore St. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for adults are $15, children ages 4 to 12 are $10 and children under 4 are free. Price includes dinner, and a cash bar will be available. The event also includes a 50/50 raffle, a raffle basket and live entertainment from Driftaway.
According to a news release, Kuipers was diagnosed with Stage 2 esophageal cancer in October 2018, but after intitial treatment and further testing, it was determined that the cancer had spread. He is now undergoing chemotherapy every two weeks at the University of Chicago and is unable to work.
Kuipers and his wife, Shanne, have two adult children. The release states that he has worked for Fox Excavating for 21 years, and that the couple have been very active in the community, including volunteering with the Kaneland Knights Sports Boosters.