Cathy Rhoades gave $100 bills to 20 patients at Rush Memorial Hospital’s (RMH) Sheehan Cancer Center Friday morning.
Rhoades raised $19,000 to donate through the 6th Annual Remembering Rhoades benefit auction, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Rushville Elks Lodge.
“Each year I believe that the benefit could not get any bigger,” Rhoades said. “Then Rushville shows up and tells me it can.”
Rhoades raises funds for those diagnosed with cancer in memory of her husband Dennis Rhoades, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 57 after battling melanoma.
In addition to helping patients at RMH, funds raised by Rhoades benefited Roger and Deb Rosfeld and 7-year-old Ruby Ingram.
Roger was diagnosed with brain cancer and lung cancer and Deb was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
Ingram has holoprosencephaly and wishes to attend the HoPE Conference in Cincinnati this June. Rhoades will help make Ingram’s wish come true as she donated to help fund Ingram’s trip to the conference.
Rhoades’ daughter Cayla Allison said her father would be the life of the party knowing so many people have been helped in his honor. Rhoades’ other daughters Lexy Laker and Heidi Fix both said he would be so proud.
Rhoades partners with Jon and Mark Lykins to help each other raise funds. The Lykins host an annual golf outing to raise funds to help cover the medical expenses of local individuals.
“Joining forces together generates more money so we can help others,” Jon Lykins said while addressing patients at RMH.
This year, the Lykins Annual Charity Golf Outing will take place on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 15, at Antler Pointe Golf Club.
A total of $5,000, generated through last year’s golf outing, was donated to RMH to help fund an outdoor balcony where patients will be able to receive cancer treatments in a more natural environment. Lykins will donate another $5,000 to RMH after this year’s golf outing to help fund the treatment area.
“It’s something we thought was nice for the patients to have so we decided to donate,” Lykins said.
Rhoades would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their support in making the Remembering Rhoades benefit successful: The Rushville Elks, Jean Mohr, Alisha Thomas, Teresa Grocox, Wendy Mount, Destiny Frank, Gary Robertson, Baylee Heller, David and Vicky Lindsay, Jon, Teresa and Mark Lykins, Lisa Boaz, Jim, Holly, Tippy Hazzan, Carolyn Wesley, Tim Lower and Kate Lunsford.
“I can’t thank Rushville enough. They are the proof that no one fights alone with their kindness and generosity,” Rhoades said.
RMH offers a Cancer Support Group for anyone affected by cancer from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every third Thursday of each month. Patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends are welcome to attend.
For more information about the support group call 765-932-7544.