Benefit set for Minooka High teacher battling cancer
From staff Reports November 6, 2012 12:48PM
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:32AM
Family, friends, colleagues and students of Minooka High School math teacher Mike Assaf of Plainfield will gather Saturday for the “Run for Assaf” three-mile walk/run.
Assaf went to the hospital with abdominal pains in September. Within a matter of days he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. He has been receiving chemotherapy treatments at the University of Chicago, said co-worker Jen Hanson.
“Mike was completely healthy (before this), he didn’t even like to take Tylenol for a headache,” Hanson said.
Assaf has four children under the age of 7. He and wife, Anna, welcomed their fourth child in October, shortly after he was diagnosed.
Assaf has been holding up well during his treatments, Hanson said.
The walk/run is open to all ages. Check-in is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Community Park on McClintock Road (east of Interstate 55) in Channahon. The race will begin shortly after.
There will also be a disc jockey, raffle and bake sale. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in both male and female divisions, who will be announced at 1:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is recommended, Hanson said, but registration is also open on the day of the benefit.
To register online, visit www.mchs.net, click on “Web Store” link in the Quick Links menu, select “All Products” and then select “Run/Walk for Assaf.”
Each registrant will receive a T-shirt with the $30 registration fee.
All proceeds will help the family with medical bills, Hanson said.
Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 59 in Shorewood also will hold a fundraiser on Saturday. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from every meal that afternoon to the Assaf family. Just mention the fundraiser at the table inside the restaurant to receive a ticket to turn in to your server.
“We hope everyone goes to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings after the race,” Hanson said.
Assaf plans to be present at the park if he is able, said Hanson.
Donations can also be made at www.giveforward.com/mikeassaf.