Cara's Bucket List Bash and Benefit
Lifelong Champaign County resident Cara Childress, 51, was diagnosed in October 2015 with an aggressive form of small cell lung cancer that has now spread to her brain and spinal cord. To help her enjoy her final days, Childress' family and friends have organized Cara's Bucket List Bash and Benefit to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at Goldy's Bar & Grill, located at 123 S. Mattis Ave. in Champaign.
March has always been a difficult month for Childress, especially after losing her father, William "Chillie" Childress, to cancer in March 2014. Earlier this month, Cara was told that her own days are numbered. Although everyone knew this would eventually be a reality, the news came as a shock to family and friends who have been watching her courageously battle for the past 18 months. When event organizer and one of her long-time best friends Liz Roseman, who recently moved 800 miles away, heard the news, she knew it was time to gather those that love Childress to help and support her as she approaches this next stage in life.
"Cara and I have been friends since high school," Roseman said. "During that time, we have had so much fun planning parties and decorating for events. When I think of my best friend, I think of throwing a great party! So now it's time to throw her a great bucket list party, surround her with love and help raise funds for upcoming expenses since Cara is now on unpaid medical leave. Cara has shown great faith, strength and perseverance throughout her battle, and has been an inspiration to all. We want this event to be one of the best days of her life!"
Roseman called on Childress' family and friends in several different states to help coordinate the event. The benefit soon became the beacon of light that everyone needed, and gave Childress an even greater will to live because she, "sure isn't going to miss this party!"
There are three items left on Cara's Bucket List: taking her grandchildren to Disney World, seeing Barry Manilow in concert and visiting Niagara Falls. Those helping with the event plan to incorporate these three things into the theme of the benefit as a way of bringing them to "life" for her since, due to her medical condition, she may not be able to check them all off of her list. While family and friends remain hopeful that there will be at least one thing on her list she can check off with their financial assistance, they are still working hard to bring all three experiences to her at the benefit.
The event will include food, drinks, 50/50, raffles, silent auction and live music by El Guapo. There is no charge to attend, but buckets will be placed for donations, and all proceeds from the raffles and silent auction will be deposited into a trust in Childress' name.
Organizers are still seeking donations for the event, including donors for bucket list themed activities, raffle prizes, silent auction items, paper products and baked goods for the dessert bar. All donors will be recognized on the event's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/343955085998969) and on signage the day of the benefit. Anyone interested in donating should contact Lony at 217-714-4302.
Monetary donations can be made to her "mail bucket" with checks made payable to Donna Behm Lauter c/o Trust for Cara Childress and sent to Busey Bank at 102 N. Main St., Urbana, IL 61801, or through her "online bucket" on the You Caring website at https://www.youcaring.com/carachildress-784261.
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