CHILLICOTHE — Remember the song, “WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS”?

Have you ever had a loved one, in the hospital, receiving cancer treatments, scheduling and attending multiple doctor appointments and making several trips to the pharmacy? If so, you know there are countless additional costs you never even contemplated such as gas, meals, childcare, loss of wages due to time off work, just to name a few.

Mel Renski has Stage 4 small cell lung cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes, liver, ovaries, and bones. She received the devastating news that there is no cure. In August, Mel shared details of her diagnosis on her Facebook page with the following message, “PLEASE, no apologies. God gave me this life for a reason and I’m going to live it!”

Her husband Mike is a United States Navy veteran who served for seven years on three different ships and has had several deployments. Upon his return home, he reunited with his high school sweetheart Melissa and they were married in 2012. They have two sons, Jacob 24 years old and Adam who is 22 years old in addition to a beautiful 13-year-old daughter, Savannah who has a kindhearted spirit and is very dedicated to her mom.

These kids are the joy and hope of their lives. Mel, Mike, Jacob, Adam and Savannah have a genuine commitment to family, friends and animals of all types.

Our desire is to help with the many burdens this wonderful family is facing at this very difficult time. Your donation will go to Mike & Mel to use for their immediate

and future needs. Please feel free to make any contribution that you are comfortable with.

You have no idea, how much your support will mean to them!

Here are a few ways you can contribute:

• Send a check payable to: “Family & Friends of Mike & Mel”

Busey Bank

917 N 4th St.

Chillicothe, IL 61523

Phone-309-274-2116

• Donate an item for the Raffle

Bring your item to the Chillicothe American Legion or mail it to:

American Legion Post #9

1043 N 2 nd St

Chillicothe, IL 61523

You can also request a committee member to pick it up (Pam Carson-309-256-8473)

• Come to our benefit

Saturday, Nov. 3, from noon-6 p.m.

American Legion Post #9

1043 N 2nd St

Chillicothe, IL 61523

Phone-309-274-3255

We will also accept in-kind donations of goods or services. Thank you for helping Mike and Mel Renski.