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How you can help Carpentersville kidney recipient

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    Nathan Saavedra


Earlier this week, we reported that Nathan Saavedra, the 3-year-old Carpentersville boy who was born with prune belly syndrome, has found a second man willing to donate a kidney to him. The operation is scheduled for June 21 and everyone is on edge.

"It's very exciting -- it's scary and exciting," his mom, Tina Saavedra, said. "It's getting closer, so it's scary."

While the family is overjoyed about the news, they're still concerned about their finances.

Nathan is expected to be at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for a month. His mother plans to spend every day with him at the hospital, which charges for parking.

She asked that I remind you about how you can help the family.

Neither Tina Saavedra nor her husband Juan, work -- he was laid off and she stopped working to take care of Nathan. They also have two other children together and Tina Saavedra says their finances are "still a mess."

If you'd like to help the Saavedras, please donate to the Nathan Saavedra Kidney Fund, which you'll find at any BMO Harris Bank. For details about Nathan, visit the "Nathan Saavedra's Fight" page on Facebook.

Making the Fox Performing Arts Center a reality: If you'd like to help the Fox Performing Arts Center come to life in West Dundee, there's a kickoff event coming up.

Rick Browne is a local architect and actor who dreams of turning the old Ziegler's Ace Hardware store into a venue that houses theater, music, dance, cinematography, art and an educational program for children in the same areas.

He's partnered with Tom Roeser, president and owner of Otto Engineering, to raise $500,000 in seed money for the project. Roeser and Browne need to raise the money by Aug. 1 so they can proceed with their plans.

Roeser is planning a fundraiser and informational session scheduled for 6 p.m. June 13 at Otto Engineering, 11 W. Main St., in Carpentersville.

To reserve your space, send an email to Roeser at

To learn more about the center, visit

Lenore Adkins covers Huntley, Carpentersville, Hampshire, the Dundees and Sleepy Hollow. To reach her, call (847) 608-2725 or send an email to

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