Tears, hope drive Astros' St. Baldrick's record high

Tears, hope drive Astros’
St. Baldrick’s record high

From Bob McParland
High School Dist. 218

  Shirley Jones hopes her son, who right now fights for his life, will become the new face of cancer for students and staff from Shepard High School.
  After the St. Baldrick’s Foundation assembly — tears, hugs, and applause filled the gym — in which the Shepard community set a new record with more than $20,000 in donations, Jones felt assured.
  Jones, who works at Shepard in security and as a Crestwood police officer, has watched her son fight for his life. The assembly at Shepard proved incredibly emotional for Jones and her son. Feeling the love and support of the Shepard community heartened them.
  “The support from the staff and student body is amazing. I know I reached so many kids [through a speech she wrote for the assembly.] I want them to know this is one of the faces of cancer. They donated so much and I am so proud of them,” Jones said.
  After Dean of Students Jacki Frederking read the speech that Jones wrote about her son, all 2,000 students and staff members stood and applauded. Then they went to work shaving heads, the traditional method that St. Baldrick’s has employed to raise more than $100 million for pediatric cancer research in a little over a decade.
  “He was surprised,” said Jones, whose son did not graduate from Shepard. “He was greeted with so much love and support. At the end of the event he and I had such an emotional moment. We were honored to have shared it with our Shepard family. Yesterday was for St. Baldrick’s, but it was so much more to us.”
  Jimmy, who just turned 19, learned he has stage four Hodgkins lymphoma in December. After several weeks of tests and multiple visits to emergency rooms, the family received the devastating news.
  “When we walked out into the hall [a doctor had asked to talk with her] I knew, I just knew. They said Jimmy’s chest is full of growth, cancerous tumors. They immediately admitted him. He had several surgeries and biopsies,” Jones said.
  First thinking they caught the disease at stage two, doctors told Jones that the cancer in Jimmy was stage four. Today, he not only fights the cancer, but seizures and heart failure as well.
  “Having my son fight for his life is by far the most emotional thing I have experienced. I am scared every time I leave him. He is now in the beginning stages of heart failure and he has seizures,” Jones said.
  The weeks leading to the St. Baldrick’s event, and the assembly itself, made Jones and her son feel like they would not need to fight alone.
  “Now every time we go to the hospital, there’s something else. So, St. Baldrick’s was so much more to us. Today we fight, tomorrow we will be fighting too,” Jones said.

Talkin Poker - By Tony Dunst

Hwang’s aggression
pays off at the Borgata
  The final table of the recent Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, N.J., was one of the most entertaining I’ve seen during my time with the World Poker Tour. It wasn’t because the table was packed with big-name pros playing up or melting down for the cameras. In fact, the table was the opposite, made up of lesser-known players conducting themselves very seriously and in near silence throughout.
  The chip leader was an unknown young professional named Andy Hwang. He came to the final table with 9.5 million in chips, but by the time play was four-handed, he was down to 4.5 million and in third place.
  Hwang had lost many of his chips to an online player on his left named Matt Haugen. In 2010, Haugen was the winningest player in multi-table tournaments on Full Tilt Poker - and Full Tilt was at the peak of its tournament volume that year. Haugen had played an excellent final table, which he began in third but now was leading. He had been trading small pots back and forth with Hwang, and it was clear that there was now enough history between the two for things to escalate. In a series of three consecutive hands, Hwang launched himself back into the chip lead.
  First, Hwang opened the 100,000-200,000 blinds for a raise to 450,000 with Ad 2s, first to act, leading to a call from Haugen with 7s 5s on the button. The player in the big blind, James Anderson, also made the call, and the players went to the flop three-handed.
  The flop came Jh 4s 3d, and when Anderson checked, Hwang bet 625,000. Haugen called, both for the value of his draw and with the intention of taking the pot away on later streets if Hwang checked to him. Anderson folded, and the two rivals saw the turn, which came 9d. Hwang moved all in for 3.2 million with just ace high and a gutshot straight draw, leading to a quick fold from Haugen.
  The very next hand, Anderson raised the button with Js 8d against Hwang in the big blind. With Ad 5h, Hwang reraised to 850,000, a play he had been making often against Anderson up to that point. Anderson had been folding to Hwang’s small reraises, but this time he made a four-bet of just over 1.4 million. Hwang went all in, and Anderson was forced to fold.
  In the hand after that, Hwang raised from the small blind with Qd 10d, and Haugen called from the big blind with 10c 4c. Both players started the hand with around 6.5 million, and when the flop came Qc Js 2c, Hwang put out a bet of 450,000. Haugen raised to 900,000, and Hwang made a surprising reraise with his top pair to 2.25 million.
  Haugen needed a moment to think, and when he was done he announced that he was all in. Hwang called immediately, showing that he fully believed he had the best hand and was willing to put his tournament life at stake. The board ran out 6h Ad, and in three hands Hwang had gone from 4.5 million to over 13 million, giving him a chip lead he would never relinquish.
  Hwang had realized that Haugen would adjust to his recent aggression and would probably be willing to get all the money in with several draw combinations that were well behind Hwang’s top pair. The three of us providing commentary in the WPT booth could hardly believe how fast the money got into the middle, but there was never any doubt in Andy Hwang’s mind.
  (Tony Dunst is a poker pro and host of “Raw Deal” on World Poker Tour telecasts. Catch him every Sunday night on FSN.)

Beverly Breast Cancer Walk set to go on Mother's Day

  The 14th annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk will be held this Mother’s Day, May 12.
  This very special event is the largest walk in Chicago’s Southwest area with proceeds to benefit Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

  The three-mile route starts in Ridge Park (96th and Longwood Drive).
  To help alleviate parking, a bus service will transport walkers from the east end of Little Company of Mary’s parking lot at 95th and California between 7 to 7:40 a.m. and drop off at 95th and Longwood Drive. Return transportation continues until 10:15 a.m. Also, participants who are unable to walk are invited to ride the trolley throughout the route.
  The annual event has raised more than $1 million for breast cancer treatment.
  Register early to receive a free T-shirt with your $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Same-day registration is $5 more and T-shirt availability is not guaranteed.
  To register for the 14th annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk, visit or call 229-5066.
  For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center visit myhealth or call 229-4050. To schedule a mammogram, call 499-8550.

Youths find eggcitement at Frontier Fieldhouse

Youths scramble for plastic eggs during the Chicago Ridge Park District

Brian Deuter of Chicago Ridge helped his son, Charlie, 1, fill their basket with eggs. Photos by Kevin Coyne

By Kevin M. Coyne

  Hunting for eggs, hanging out with the Easter bunny, designing colorful bonnets and enjoying quality family time was on the agenda last Saturday at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge.
  An estimated 150 people attended the Chicago Ridge residents-only event, at which the main attraction was the Easter egg hunt. Youths scrambled though a large pit filled with hay as they attempted to gather the colorful prize-filled ellipses.

  “It’s a great free event for the kids and the community to come out and enjoy,” said Chicago Ridge Park District recreation superintendent Dominic Malito. “We have a nice crowd this year and the event is great, especially a free event in our current economy, and the kids are having a lot of fun.”
  Children of all ages dug through the hay, submitted creatively designed bonnets in a bonnet contest, played on inflatable attractions, and entered a jelly beans-guessing contest.

  “It never gets old…It’s always fun to dig through the hay and find eggs,” said Paula Murray of Chicago Ridge. “We used to come to this when we were kids and the Easter egg hunt is always the best part of the day.”
  Lojan Demian, 5, was among the waves upon waves of children who stormed the hay pit.
  “I don’t know how many eggs I got but I am having a lot of fun,” Lojansaid.
  Abagail Nowatski, 2, said all morning that she was going to “go shopping” for Easter eggs, according to her aunt, Jen Herodes.
  One of the most popular events besides the egg hunt is the raffle drawing.
  “The kids love the raffle, guessing the number of Jelly Beans in a jar; what kid doesn’t love candy, and they love getting the eggs out of the hay,” said Chicago Ridge Park District secretary Jody Murphy. “The bonnet contest is something we’ve always done and it’s part of the Easter tradition for girls to wear bonnets during Easter.”

Honors at Worthwoods

  The following students made the honor roll for the third quarter at Worthwoods School in Worth.

Fourth grade
  Mustafa Abuajaj, Mohammed Alramahi, Gabriela Budz, Ariana Cook, Minatallah Isbeih, Ifrah Khan, Abigail Koloze-Morgado, Isra Qasem, Makayla Quintanilla, Bobby Shelton III, Charlie Slansky.
Fifth grade
  Mohammed Abdelhamid, Fadi Abour, Raghad Abu Shalbak, Philip Angin, Katie Beltz, Richie Bordonado, Faith Bruinius, Adam Daboussi, Steven Delaney, Matthew Degadillo, Christian ElAbaza, Sandra Gasinski, Natalia Harb, Randy Miller, Samantha Morgan, Kamila-Obrochta-Bartus, Tyler Picl-Ludwig, Suaad Rashid, Sebation Sproch and Neda Yacoub.

Fourth Grade
B.U.G. awards
  Nicholas Moore and Charlie Slansky.

Fifth Grade
B.U.G. awards
  Mallory Adcok, Richie Bordonado, Christina Brown, Faith Bruinius, Natalia Harb, Samantha Morgan, Zachary Mullenix, Emily Tomlinson, Neda Yacoub and Gabriel Zanella.