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Joliet-area moms collecting toys for kids with cancer

Pictured is Nicole Voelz with husband Jeff and children Lukas, left and Jakob.
Pictured is Nicole Voelz with husband Jeff and children Lukas, left and Jakob.

Three mothers whose young children are fighting cancer, including a local teacher whose 2-year-old son is battling B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, have connected to organize a toy drive for the holidays.

Nicole Voelz, sixth grade teacher at the Troy School District 30-C school, William B. Orenic Intermediate School, met the other mothers Dawn Dolcimascolo and Joanna Schroeder as shet ook her son Lukas to chemotherapy treatments.

It was Nicole’s older son,Jakob, who suggested collecting toys for the children in the oncology unit. The donations will go toThe Child Life Center at Advocate Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Those who want to donate may bring the new, unwrapped toys or gift cards to William B. Orenic Intermediate School, at 5820 W. Theodore Street, Plainfield, through Dec. 22, 2019.

The gifts are for children of all ages, including teenagers. Suggestions include coloring books and sketch pads, craft kits, Play-Doh, board games, toy cars,Lego sets, or small superhero action figures or dolls.

Toys may also be purchased and sent through the Amazon registry at bit.ly/lutherangeneral.

Gift cards may be purchased and sent for teenagers through gofundme.com/f/teen-oncology-gift-card-fund.

For more information,email [ lukasleukemiawarrior@gmail.com.

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