Lombard Resident Leads Charge for Superheroes to Join Loyola in Fight Against Cancer

Superheroes revealed themselves at the Loyola University Health System (LUHS) annual benefit, Spring Into Action, on Saturday, May 19. The nearly $140,000 raised is being used to renovate the hospital’s inpatient oncology treatment facility. Like a beacon of hope, the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge was transformed into a glittering headquarters where people found their own “super” side.

Featured that evening was Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton who gave a heartfelt talk about how struggles in his life have shaped him into the man he is today. The well-known men’s figure skater showed extraordinary powers on the ice. His heroism and strength also shined through as he bravely battled cancer and came out victorious.

Lombard resident and cancer-survivor, Michelle Salerno, led the charge to encourage others to join her in the fight against cancer through a moving super-hero themed video.

While sipping on Kryptonite cocktails and striking heroic poses for photos, attendees learned about Loyola’s internationally renowned cancer program. Loyola’s multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer brings together a wide range of board-certified medical experts who evaluate a patient’s condition and provide a comprehensive treatment plan, often on the first visit.

“We are so grateful to the people who joined us for this event that highlighted the needs of our patients. Daily we help them battle cancer and the importance of partners in the struggle can’t be overstated,” said Larry Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System.

Generosity flourished during a live auction that raised funds to install a patient exercise room in the oncology treatment facility. The new treatment facility also will have 39 private rooms, each with a fitted HEPA-filtered air system to minimize infections. The rooms will feature a daybed for a family member to spend the night and enough space for visitors. To create a more homelike feel, the unit will include a kitchenette and laundry area, a café space, great room, family activity area and meditation area.

Lavish treats, a complimentary bar and a hero-in-training program allowed guests a chance to mingle and enjoy learning about each other’s superpowers.

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