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Walk on Water Ice Fishing Derby on February 8 Benefits Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund

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Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund

The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund invites experienced and novice ice fishermen alike to enjoy a day of family-friendly ice Fishing on Bangs Lake in Wauconda during the Annual Walk on Water Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 8, 2014, starting at 7:00 a.m. Registration is $15 per person and is now open online at On-site registration and check-in will be held at Lindy's Landing, 115 Park St., Wauconda.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest Pike, Bass, Crappie, Bluegill and Walleye caught during the Walk on Water Ice Fishing Derby. Entrants must have valid Illinois fishing license and abide by all Illinois fishing regulations. Wauconda Boat will have bait available for purchase at the registration area.

In addition to the Fishing Derby, Walk on Water will feature free ice clinics for children and beginning ice fishermen. The clinics will have classroom and on-ice sessions, covering the basics of ice fishing and proper techniques in jigging, equipment, baits, and where and when to find fish. The clinics will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Lindy's Landing; adults must accompany children. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund.

More than 1.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. The Crystal Lake-based Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund focuses on local families, providing for an array of needs and support to those suffering with the hardships of cancer. Following diagnosis and throughout the battle against cancer, there are many obstacles that are often unknown and unmentioned, including the stress of treatment, care, or losing a loved one's income, that make dealing with cancer more difficult. The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund strives to help with these burdens to get families back on track so they can spend more time focusing on their loved ones.

The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund was established in 2006 in the memory of Andrea Lynn Beckwith, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 1993. Her children, Brent and Shane Beckwith and Karie Nash, along with a close-knit group of family, friends and supporters, head up the board of directors for the charity. For more information about the organization, please visit the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund website at or call (815) 459-6454.