Abby’s Story

It was a random day in May when I received a phone call from Abby’s school nurse. She wanted to give me a heads up that Abby’s teacher had noticed that Abby was having a difficult time using scissors. Her hand kept shaking and she couldn’t seem to control it the way she wanted to. She told me it was probably nothing, like too much sugar or not enough; and that maybe we should follow up with her pediatrician in the next few weeks. Better safe than sorry, we made a doctor appointment right away. Kevin took Abby to see the doctor and it was recommended that she get an MRI.

I was worried that Abby could have MS or Parkinson’s but certainly not a brain tumor. Our dear friends had recently lost their seven year old to a brain tumor and the odds of our daughter having the same thing just couldn’t happen, so we told ourselves…More

Abby’s Life

Live Like Abby Walk-a-thon!

Help support Live Like Abby raise money for pediatric brain tumor research by walking! Click here to find out more!

Live Like Abby – Run for a Cure!

Help support Kathy Ogean as she runs in the Chicago Marathon to help Live Like Abby raise money for pediatric brain tumor research! Click here to find out more!

Live Like Abby Costumes and Cocktails

We would like to announce that at the Costumes and Cocktails event – $65,000 was raised!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Most importantly, THANK YOU to all of YOU for your continued love and support!!!

Thank you to our Live Like Abby board members – we’d be lost with out you! Karen O’Dea, Kim Bohanek, Beth Keblusek, Brian Wujcik and Gary Gudino – and our committee – Rebecca Brandenburg, Heather Swiech, and Matt Miller!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Ed and Amy McNicholas!

Thank you to Dr. Rishi Lulla for coming to the event and speaking!

Thank you to everyone who helped set up and clean up and work the event!

Thank you to everyone who donated baskets and raffle prizes and put them together!

Thank you to everyone who bought and / or sold raffle tickets!

We couldn’t do this without you!!!

Live Like Abby T-Shirts

Help support Live Like Abby raise money for pediatric brain tumor research by purchasing our Go Gray in May t-shirt. Click here to order yours today!

“rivals on the field united in the fight”

On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 – the Lady Bulldogs played against the Eisenhower Cardinals in the Strike Out Cancer softball game.

This annual game honors Abby and also Christa Carbray Johnson (former Bulldog, friend of Kevin) who passed away from brain cancer.

The Live Like John Service and Leadership Institute (which Abby’s sister Morgan is a part of) organized games under the saying “Rivals on the Field, United in the Fight” to help promote brain cancer awareness in May.

Here is a picture from the day!!! (Bulldogs in light pink).

district 123 tee shirt Live Like Abby Day

Live Like Abby sold tee shirts and headbands to the Oak Lawn School District 123 schools to help raise awareness for Go Gray in May. The schools participated in a contest to see which class sold the most, with first, second, and third places receiving prizes. Two Kolmar Avenue School classes earned first and second places, and a class at Carl A. Sward School earned third place.

On May 18th, the schools celebrated a Live Like Abby Day and wore their shirts and headbands. Kevin and Kristyn, along with Karen O’Dea, went to each school and took pictures with those that participated.

Thank you District 123 friends, faculty, students and their families for supporting Live Like Abby!

A HUGE thank you…

to Jori Knizner Gillen, Judy Knizner, Sherry Ebenau, Denise Trumbull, and Nicole Krizka for the lemonade / kool-aid stand Saturday, May 20th for Live Like Abby!! Thank you to all the kids who stood out in the rain and cold to help collect donations!! And to the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association who are matching each dollar up to $500!!!

¡¡¡¡¡ Over $2,000 was raised !!!!!

Thank you to all of our friends and neighbors in Oak Lawn that came out and supported! You guys are the best!!!


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