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Exelon generation’s ‘Fishing for a Cure’ in Braidwood raises $60,000 for pediatric cancer research

Exelon generation’s ‘fishing for a cure’ raises $60,000 for pediatric cancer research

Braidwood Station’s recent annual ‘Fishing for a Cure’ tournament raised $60,000 for pediatric cancer research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

For nuclear plant workers Brian Daniels and Mike Kap, this year’s charity of choice held extra special meaning.

Daniels lost his 2-year-old daughter Ashlyn to epilepsy in 2002 and Kap’s 20-year-old son, Logan, still suffers from cystic fibrosis. Both children received treatment and care at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

"Fishing for a Cure," Braidwood Station’s signature charitable event, has raised $620,000 since 2002, when it was started as a way to welcome anglers back to Braidwood Station’s cooling lake.

Exelon pays for all the expenses of staging the event and 100 percent of the money raised through entry fees, employee drawings and donations go directly to that year’s selected charity.

First place winners in the charity team bass tournament were Mitch Deland and Dan Marcolini, both of Plainfield.

Matt Leimbach of Braidwood and Nick Stuedemann of Morris finished second while the father/son team of Neil and Justin Romines of Morris finished third.

Earlier in the day, an Exelon Kids’ Fishing Derby was held at the Godley Park District’s pond.

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