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The buzz around Worth is Sunday’s Getting Buzzed for Emily event

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Rich Dziedzic vividly recalls the moment he learned that his daughter, Emily, had been diagnosed with leukemia.
“I remember the day. Her mother called me and said, ‘You have to come home,” Dziedzic said in a video posted on Facebook. “We had a family meeting. Fortunately, everybody was home. I do remember her coming in and telling us. It was very difficult.”
The news was a shock to Emily’s family, but after shedding some tears, they decided there was no time for pity.
“The tears came, the tears went,” said her father, a Worth trustee. “We got to fight.”
Indeed, Emily Dziedzic has spent nearly the past two years fighting. The 22-year-old successfully responded to chemotherapy and the cancer went into remission but resurfaced in November 2013.
Dziedzic on Wednesday was scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant, which her doctors agree is the best long-term option for overcoming the disease.
A graduate of Shepard High School, Dziedzic has undergone a lot during the past two year, but she’s rarely complained, family members say.
“She amazing. Her dedication. Her attitude. She never feels like it’s a burden to her,” said her aunt, Karen Dziedzic.
Her father agrees.
“If it’s courage and you want to label it as courage, she’s got more than most people,” he said during the video, which can be found on the Getting Buzzed for Emily Facebook page.
“We will go to the ends of the earth of we have to. Whatever is needed to keep her here,” he said.
The Dziedzic’s aren’t alone in their fight. They have the help and support of family and friends who will come together Sunday at the Chieftain Irish Pub, 6906 W. 111th St., in Worth to raise money to defray Emily’s medical expenses.
The benefit, Getting Buzzed for Emily, will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. The event will feature food, drink specials, music, raffles and split the pot. Several individuals have agreed to have their heads shaved to raise money for the cause.
For more information or to make a donation, call Karen Dziedzic at (815) 634-8114. Donations also can be made at the Private Bank, 6825 W. 111th St., Worth.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 3-6-14

  The Oak Lawn Community High School Athletic Boosters are hosting a Texas Hold ’em Tournament from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, March 22 at the Garden Chalet, 11000 S. Ridgeland, Worth.
  The ticket price, $75, includes open bar, dinner buffet, and table entry. A one-time additional chip purchase will be provided at check-in.
  Participants can watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, play some cards and possibly win some money; it’s all to help the athletic programs at Oak Lawn. For more information, call 741-5623, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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  Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.
  Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Focus on Seniors from 3-6-14

Meals on Wheels
  The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

55 and Up
  Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.

Pinochle
  The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 2-20-14

Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.

  Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 2-13-14

  Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.
  Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.
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  Neat Repeats Resale stores are looking for volunteers to work in their stores.
  Volunteers are asked to give five hours a week to make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence. The next volunteer recruitment day is Monday, Jan. 20 at the stores in Orland Park, 9028 W. 159th St., or in Worth, 7026 W. 111th St. Interested individuals can come in, receive a tour, meet other volunteers, and learn more about Neat Repeats. For more information call the store manager in Orland Park at 364-7605, or in Worth at 361-6860. All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.