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Family plans benefit as mom battles cancer

A benefit for Kay Keen will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at La Salle VFW. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Palermo Pizza, 2332 Sixth St., Peru and at the Wedron Office, 2005 N. 35th Road, Ottawa.
A benefit for Kay Keen will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at La Salle VFW. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Palermo Pizza, 2332 Sixth St., Peru and at the Wedron Office, 2005 N. 35th Road, Ottawa.

An Illinois Valley family is raising money for their mother who’s battling cancer.

“She’s so important to us,” said Elizabeth Keen, a La Salle resident and the daughter of Kay Keen of Peru.

Kay Keen has been admitted to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Kay’s family, which includes six sons and five daughters, put together a fundraiser and upcoming benefit to help.

All the money raised will go toward their mother’s medical and living expenses, said Elizabeth Keen.

Kay has been denied Medicaid to pay for treatment and living expenses, the family said.

Keen’s daughters describe their mother as generous, strong, funny, reliable and caring.

“She’s just fun to be around,” said Elizabeth Keen, and said her childhood friends would describe her mother as being “sassy” and having a “big personality.”

The family grew up in La Salle, and Kay moved to Peru in 2010. Kay’s husband, Dennis, passed away in 1996.

Dennis and Kay Keen worked as bundle carriers for the NewsTribune in the 1980s and ’90s, the family said.

WANT TO DONATE OR ATTEND THE BENEFIT?

The benefit will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at La Salle VFW.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at Palermo Pizza, 2332 Sixth St., Peru and at the Wedron Office, 2005 N. 35th Road, Ottawa,

Donations can also be mailed to PO Box 163, La Salle, in care of Amanda Cabrera.

People donate to the GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/lifesaving-chemotherapy-for-kay?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Those who’d like to send an e-card can send it to https://www.osfhealthcare.org/ecards/

Ali Braboy can be reached at (815) 220-6931 and abraboy@shawmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @NT_LaSalle.

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