A Randall Road business is trying to rally the community to help a local girl get the heart transplant she needs.
Galloway's Chicago Subs, 1295 Randall Road, Crystal Lake, is working to raise funds for MacKenzie Tannhauser.
The Crystal Lake South High School junior started having heart problems when she was just 8. She was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.
Her doctors have recommended a lifesaving heart transplant and she is now on the heart transplant list.
The transplant itself is estimated to cost about $500,000, with the Tannhausers' part of that expected to be about $100,000.
Tannhauser also takes several medications and faces many more medical bills, sub shop owner Judy Galloway said.
Because of that, Galloway's is working to do all it can to help fund some of that for MacKenzie and her family.
The sub shop usually is closed on Sundays, so Judy, her husband T.J. and their six children -- who all run the shop together -- can have family time.
But this month, they opened on a Sunday to raise money for Tannhauser.
They decided to donate 50 percent of all of the sales that day to MacKenzie Tannhauser's transplant fund.
"MacKenzie needs all the help she can get to raise $100,000," Judy Galloway said.
The community still has plenty of opportunities to give, she said.
The business is now selling smiley sunshines, which people can put up on the wall in the restaurant if they make a donation for MacKenzie Tannhauser.
Galloway said her family has known MacKenzie's family for years through football games and community events, and they wanted to do something to help.
One of her sons and MacKenzie's brother are good friends, and so the family especially wanted to help, knowing that the Tannhausers are going through so much right now.
"I can't imagine," Judy Galloway said.
"We've always known that she's been sick, but now that she needs a heart transplant, and is on 12 medications, we just really wanted to help," she said. "We wanted to do as much as possible."
Galloway said you can stop in any time to help by purchasing one of their sunshines or just making a donation for Tannhauser.
For information call Galloway's at (815) 356-7827.
Happy cooking: The Williams Sonoma store at Geneva Commons is offering classes this month which will help get you cooking.
The classes are free, and usually begin at 11 a.m.
Next up, this Thursday, April 21, there will be a demonstration on brunch basics.
On Friday, April 22, you'll get a lesson on science in the kitchen, with the focus being on dairy. Saturday, April 23, will feature a demonstration called What We're Cooking, and will feature blintz-filled pancakes.
You can wow your family with the food on Easter, when there won't be any special demonstrations.
They will start up again though, the following week on Tuesday, April 26, with a demonstration on spring vegetable stir-fries.
Thursday, April 28, will feature another demonstration on poaching and blanching.
On Friday, April 29, science in the kitchen comes back with cooking vegetables.
On Saturday, April 30, the presentation won't begin until noon. That day it will be a sous-chef demo, featuring The Bazaar's chicken croquetas.
• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 894-5036.