Organization surprises five Illinois families with cancer


This is the 5th year filled with acts of benevolence around the community, thanks to the organization.

VALMEYER, Illinois – Five Illinois families had the surprise of a lifetime Sunday afternoon.

A local organization has decided to give “a worry-free day” to families who help a loved one fight cancer.

The December 5 Fund showed up at the front door of five families in the eastern metropolitan area, and they did not come empty-handed.

5 On Your Side accompanied to immortalize one of these surprises on Sunday in Valmeyer.

The organization gave each family a check for $ 1,000 and $ 500 in gift cards.

The last gift is the one that keeps on giving.

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Each family is now included in the “Helping Hand” support plan for groups. This means that every family is eligible to receive services like house cleaning, meal preparation and lawn care to help make every day a little easier while supporting their loved one throughout the long journey of life. the fight against cancer.

Our team spoke with Tom Wiley, Executive Director and Founder of the December 5 Fund to talk about the idea behind “Helping Hands”.

He says, “We send a team of volunteers home – 20, 30, 40, 50 people – and we take care of all those chores that are skipped when you are caring for someone with cancer … like cleaning., landscaping, lawn care. Anything we can do in a 6-8 hour period, we do. So when this family comes home, it’s not a to-do list. doing is a stress free environment. “

2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the December 5 Fund.

And every year on December 5, they challenge the community to do random acts of kindness.

On The December 5 Fund:

The mission of the December 5 Fund is to offer a worry-free day to families whose loved one has cancer and is currently undergoing active cancer treatment. Through the Great Day and Helping Hands Support Plan programs, the December 5 Fund creates lasting memories for families affected by cancer and provides ongoing support to the family throughout the long journey through treatment. The organization is named after the last good day (December 5, 2015) that the wife of founder Tom Wiley had before she died of complications from breast cancer in January 2016.

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