|Jim Littleton, surrounded by his family, addresses those attending the benefit event.|
Chicago, Illinois – Calling it an amazing and joyous occasion,
Jim Littleton, a Regnum Christi father of 14 children, is
deeply grateful for the support he and his family received
at a special event last month, and the great news
he received this month!
The “Love for Littletons” benefit took
place on October 16, 2011, at the Bourbon Street restaurant
at 115th and Kedzie streets in Merrionette Park in metro-Chicago.
members and friends organized the October benefit to help defray
expenses for Jim’s medical care and to help support his
family. On October 19, 2009 Jim was diagnosed with stage
4 chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He has been battling (and winning)
against the disease ever since. As of All Saints Day,
November 1, 2011, he learned he is “cancer-free,” nine months
after a stem cell transplant he received from an anonymous
donor. Doctors will continue to monitor his progress over the
next two years.
He and his wife Kathleen and their
children are very grateful to God, as well as to
everyone involved in the organizing and attending the recent benefit.
“I want to thank the more than 500 people that
came, many of whom I did not even know,” he
said. “It increased my sense of the goodness of people
that they would come out to support us in this
|More than 500 people attended the event in support of the Littleton family.|
“It was a beautiful experience, a kind of a reunion
from so many different facets of our lives -- people
we grew up with, went to school with, from our
parishes, some people I hadn’t seen in decades.”
Even Cardinal Francis
George stopped by to speak to the crowd and give
them his blessing.
Jim wanted to especially thank Maureen Dalton and
Rose Dubina and the other committee members who organized the
event, to the many volunteers who worked that day, Kevin
Healy & Associates who Maureen said “guided and helped us
stay focused” on fundraising efforts, the DJ who donated his
services, and to all those who supplied the 85 baskets
for the raffle and the approximately 75 silent auction prizes.
Jim is also grateful for how he is feeling.
“I’m striving and going forward,” he said, “one day at
For those who were unable to attend who
would still like to contribute to help the Littleton family,
monetary donations are still being accepted through Archer Bank 3435
W. 111th St. Chicago, Ill. 60655.