The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
A success: For the Girls of Norfolk, Neb., earlier this month had its annual fundraiser, A Night of Pink Stars. The group's mission is to support breast cancer survivors by enhancing care locally and contributing to research. This year, about 500 people attended, raising more than $100,000. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Pass the crackers: The Victory Boxing Club and Community Center will have a 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. chili feed fundraiser today to help pay for two air-conditioning units that were stolen. The event will be at the boxing club, 3009 R St. Cost: $5 a person or $15 for a family.
Annual event: The Kennard (Neb.) Volunteer Fire Department will have its fourth annual fish fry from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Kennard Auditorium, 203 W. Second St. in Kennard. Fish dinners will be $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and younger. Proceeds will go for the department's needs.
Brain cancer: Methodist Health System and Leap-for-a-Cure are teaming up for Brain Cancer Awareness Night at Friday's University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey game. The puck will drop at 6:37 p.m. as the Mavericks take on the Wisconsin Badgers at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. At the game, volunteers from Leap-for-a-Cure will distribute information, answer questions and auction hockey packages to help raise money to purchase a StealthMerge upgrade at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. StealthMerge is a software used in image-guided neurosurgery.
Bring a blanket: Saturday will bring Project Linus' Make a Blanket Day 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Omaha Bryan High School, 4700 Giles Road in Bellevue. Project Linus provides a sense of comfort through gifts of new, handmade blankets or afghans to children who are seriously ill or traumatized. All blankets donated to the local chapter stay in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Bring new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans or bring your knitting, crocheting or your sewing machine, or just bring yourself and a friend and you can stay and make a blanket.
A limited number of fleece pieces will be available to make no-sew blankets. Also bring a snack to share, if you like. If you can't be there Saturday but want to contribute, Project Linus takes donations of cotton fabric, batting, fleece, yarn or cash, etc. For more information, call Omaha Project Linus at 402-212-3975 or email email@example.com or visit omahaprojectlinus.org.
On the move: The Nebraska Wanderfreunde Trailblazers invites the public to take a walk through the streets of Omaha, then come in and warm up with a bowl of soup at the group's annual soup walk. Participants are asked to bring two cans of soup, one to share and one to donate to a local food bank. This walk will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, starting at Faith Covenant Church, 8333 Fort St.
Indoor sale: Trinity Lutheran Church, 520 W. Lincoln St. in Papillion, will have an indoor garage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will benefit the Raining Season, a charity in Sierra Lione, Africa, that works with orphans and that the church supports. Donations and baked goods for the sale can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. No adult clothes, please.
Relay: Willard Sorority at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln will have a March 3 fundraiser for Relay for Life, which benefits the Lincoln Area American Cancer Society. The fundraiser will run from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Grandmother's Restaurant & Lounge, 6940 A St. in Lincoln. Grandmother's will donate a percentage of that day's sales to Relay for Life. A disk jockey will play tunes from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Coming up roses: Loess Hills Floral Studio in Council Bluffs teamed with Southwest Iowa Make-A-Wish volunteers on Valentine's Day. The studio charged a delivery fee to Valentine's Day customers, and Make-A-Wish volunteers made the deliveries. In return, the florist donated the $300 in delivery fees to Southwest Iowa Make-A-Wish.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax
After transplant, she's ready to get home
A fundraiser is being held for Gretna's Chelsea Kardell, who has been fighting cancer.
By Vince Mancuso
World-Herald News Service
Most people view a 21st birthday as a rite of passage. Gretna's Chelsea Kardell's 21st birthday started her on a journey all her own.
She was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.
She had two years of oral chemotherapy and then a bone marrow transplant Nov. 6 in Minneapolis, where she is recovering.
Jean Kardell, Chelsea's mother, said the transplant was a bit of a rarity, because none of Chelsea's siblings was a match. Using the National Donor Registry, an international match was found. Although most of the match's information is kept confidential, she said that the family knows the bone marrow came from a 46-year-old man and that the two were a perfect match.
“That's almost unheard of,” Jean Kardell said.
Although the transplant was a success and Chelsea is recovering well, she has to stay within 30 minutes of the hospital for 100 days after the surgery. Chelsea Kardell likely will be getting home at the end of February.
She should be able to attend a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in her honor. It is set for March 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 11204 S. 204th St. in Gretna. The dinner also will include a bake sale and silent auction.
Monetary donations are being accepted at Gretna's Pinnacle Bank; direct them to the Chelsea Kardell fund. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will match donated funds.