The Chicago White Sox and the Janice McArdle Cancer Research Foundation are teaming up for the second Non-Smoking Lung Cancer Awareness Day on June 10 at U. S. Cellular Field.
"We want to get the word out about the non-smoking lung cancer," said Dr. George McArdle, of Naperville. "We hope people can join us for the game and hopefully raise some funds for the foundation."
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McArdle started The Janice McArdle Cancer Research Foundation, "Jannie's Hope," in honor of his wife, Jannie, a vibrant and active non-smoker who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2008. Like many, Jannie and her family were shocked to learn she had an advanced stage of lung cancer, particularly because she was health conscious and didn't smoke.
Knowing an early diagnosis could have provided a different outcome, Jannie's family and friends are passionate about funding research so things will be different for others who have non-smoking lung cancer. To date, the organization has raised more than $250,000 for lung cancer research.
Jannie McArdle was a "giant Sox fan," so pairing with the South Side team was a logical choice. Net proceeds of ticket sales will benefit lung cancer research programs supported by the foundation.
"We had a great time last year but anticipate three times the amount of people to attend this year's fundraiser," said event coordinator, Judy Phillip, of Extra Edge. "The White Sox organization has been extremely helpful in putting together this event and the team at Jannie's Hope is very grateful."
Besides the game, McArdle is hosting a pre-game tailgating party in Lot "A" adjacent to the ballpark. It is a family friendly event, so bring kids, friends and neighbors to celebrate Jannie McArdle and give hope to others. There will be complimentary food, beer, wine and soft drinks.
Tickets must be purchased through Jannie's Hope to have proceeds donated to the Janice McArdle Cancer Research Foundation. If you have any questions or want help ordering tickets, contact Tom Duffey, 612-251-9762, Tom