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When a loved one fights an illness like cancer, the stress is felt by the patient and the family. Assistance in Healthcare, Inc. is committed to helping patients and their families through such trying times by easing the financial burden so they can focus on fighting cancer.

How We Help

Assistance in Healthcare was established in 1983, as a not-for-profit charity that offers financial grants to patients and their family members who have become financially distressed as a result of their noble fight against cancer. We offer financial assistance to people whose lives are put on hold as the result of this illness.

Every cent of every dollar donated to Assistance in Healthcare goes to patients and their families. Our grants provide assistance with non-medical expenses, which may get neglected during a patient’s treatment and recovery, including:

  • Mortgage or rent payments
  • Utilities
  • Groceries
  • Childcare
  • Gas and car payments
  • Credit card bills
  • School supplies
  • Other living expenses

We do not assist with medical expenses, such as doctor or hospital bills, medications, or vitamins and supplements.

Board of Directors

Assistance in Healthcare is comprised entirely of dedicated, caring and compassionate volunteers who are devoted to easing the financial burden by assisting those whose lives are drastically affected by serious illness and the sometimes long road to recovery.

The organization's board members are volunteers who donate their time for planning and hosting fundraising activities. The group plans one major fundraiser each year, The Sweetheart Ball, and other smaller events throughout the year. Other major sources of funds include memorials, grants and donations from patients' families and friends.

AIH Zion Board of Directors:

  • Sandra Ghantous (President)
  • Jamie Stephenson (Past President- Current Vice President)
  • Carol Ruesch (Current Correspondence Secretary)
  • Jill Athans (Secretary)
  • Michael Fine (Treasurer)

Active Members:

  • Maryl Smith
  • Sandy Dickson
  • Barb Albert
  • Marlene Bloxsom
  • Douglas Cankar
  • Pamela Drysdale
  • Andrea Inman
  • Carol Lulinski
  • Walter Lulinski
  • Kelsey Newbrough
  • Melissa Hall
  • Bridget Guerin
  • Michelle Moore
  • Monika Payne
  • Elizabeth Spenglar
  • Neal Tucker (CTCA Patient Liaison)

AIH Staff:

  • Sarah Stein

Fundraising Events

Assistance in Healthcare is a non-profit organization whose funds rely solely upon donations and fundraising events throughout the year. We donate 100 percent of these funds to help patients and their families who are battling cancer.

We sponsor several fundraising activities throughout the year:

Sweetheart Ball – February 22, 2014, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Sweetheart Ball has taken place every year since Assistance in Healthcare was founded in 1983. This year, we celebrate our 31st year helping cancer patients and their families with non-medical expenses. Our goal is to raise $500,000 at this year’s event – every penny of which goes directly to patients!

Event details:
Concord Banquet Halls
20922 North Rand Road
Kildeer, IL 60047
Tickets $200

In addition to dinner & dancing, the event will feature:

  • Silent Auction – We’ll have a variety of great items at all price points for attendees to bid on, including gift baskets and other items.
  • Fund a patient
  • Small Live Auction – Our live auction will feature some exciting luxury items.
  • 50/50 Raffle – Buy a $20 ticket for a chance to win thousands of dollars, with the other half of the proceeds benefitting cancer patients and their families.

Bob & Jackie Musick Memorial Golf Classic – September 9, 2013, 11:30 am – 6:30 pm

Event details:
Royal Melbourne Country Club Golf Course
4700 Royal Melbourne Drive
Long Grove, IL 60047
Tickets $100 - $1500

Your day on the links includes valet parking, golf bag service, locker service, free coffee upon arrival, complimentary practice area with range balls, golf carts, 18 holes of golf, a hearty luncheon buffet, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and four hole-in-one contests followed by a cocktail reception. A seated awards dinner and live auction caps off this fun-filled day. Best of all, you will be supporting a great cause and having a great time.

Please contact Linda Gahalla for more information: 847-342-7418. Click here to print and fax your invitation.