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Here’s to braving the cold for a good cause How cold is cold? Well, this past weekend set a new record. It was ChristKindl-cold. Barrington’s first-ever Rotary and Village Association-sponsored ChristKindlFest and German American holiday market kicked off with some extra-chilly weather, and ended with quite a bit of snow – but that didn’t stop Barrington High School Interact students and community volunteers from suiting up in hats, gloves and blankets to package more than 10,700 meals for Guatemalan children. Over the past couple of weeks, I had the chance to sit in on two planning meetings – one for the ChristKindlFest itself and one for an event held at the festival called Merry Meals. When I heard the Barrington High School Interact students talk about the struggles faced by families living in Guatemalan City garbage dump communities, and learned that one simple meal of vitamins, soy, vegetables and rice could make the difference for thousands

TARAH THORNE Barrington Suburban Life reporter of children, I knew I had to help out and encourage others to do the same. I realize that sending meals to less-privileged international communities doesn’t always combat disparity, or in this case deter parents from trash-mining to make twice the country’s minimum wage and therefore support their families, but nutrition can make all the difference. I don’t think any child anywhere should go undernourished – especially during the holidays. Working with children much of my life, I’ve seen firsthand the spark of energy and fulfillment that a young child

can derive from a warm meal. Young children are constantly at play, needing nourishment to grow. These meals are being sent to the Potter’s House Association in Guatemala City, an international nonprofit organization that works to provide education and tutoring within these garbage dump communities. It’s hard to believe any child would be able to focus and learn while experiencing up to Stage 4 malnutrition. Thank you, Merry Meal volunteers, for dedicating your time and braving the cold to make sure thousands of contaminated, trash-mined meals are replaced with well-rounded dishes – preventing sickness and setting these students up for success. Speaking of the new year, Barrington Suburban Life would love to hear the community’s plans for 2014. Will you be making business changes? Charity plans? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at tthorne@shawmedia.com or 815526-4557 to share what has you spreading good cheer this season.

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Q. When and how did you open Boloney’s Sandwich Shop? Roberta: In the summer of 1981, whenever Tim and I went to The Catlow for a movie, we would notice that the little restaurant next door kept changing its hours of operation. We asked Ed Skehan, the owner at that time, what the shop’s status was, and he told us that he was having some difficulty keeping it running. So we asked him about renting it out. We had been scouring the area for an ideal location for a sandwich shop that we had dreamed of opening. Tim: I lived in the city and loved going to delis, but couldn’t find one in the suburbs that served the same sized portions that you could get in Chicago. Roberta was making sandwiches for my lunch that were better than anything I had eaten anywhere else.

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Roberta: I would say the San Diego. It’s light, but filling in a good way. The most popular seller is the Rubenesque – our version of the classic Reuben. Tim: My favorite isn’t on the menu yet. It’s a special, huge combination that Roberta used to make for me. Q. When are you busiest? Roberta: Before the movies start is the absolute busiest time, but lunch can be pretty intense as well. Q. What’s most rewarding and challenging in owning a sandwich shop in conjunction with the theater? Roberta: The main challenge is realizing that this is a tremendously fast-paced world and being totally accommodating to that fact. We try to get everyone into the theater and served on time so

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Eliza Perry, 10, of Barrington rides the carousel during Saturday’s ChristkindlFest in downtown Barrington. For more photos from the event, see page 5


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NORTH BARRINGTON – In an effort to preserve more land than ever, one local conservation program is preparing to tackle larger projects, such as schoolyards and businesses. The Barrington Area Conservation Trust provided the Montessori Children’s House of North Barrington, 115 Cloverhill Lane, with a formal conservation certification in late September, marking the first time the trust has been able to certify property outside of its home conservation program. Stemming from a longtime Conservation@Home program that has helped preserve more than 50 homes this year alone, this Conservation@ School program has been de-

The BACT Conservation@School and Conservation@Work programs will serve the greater Barrington area alongside the Conservation@ Home program. Free educational seminars will be held next year. For information, call Beth Adler at 847-387-3149.

signed to provide local schools with free conservation consultations and easy-to-implement environmental practices. Lisa Woolford, director of land preservation for the BACT, said the Conservation@School program will officially kick off with a Conservation@Work program next year. Any school or business demonstrating measurable conservation success on their land will receive a plaque

from Woolford. The BACT began its Conservation@Home program with Citizens for Conservation in 2006, before carrying the program on its own in 2012. Woolford said the success of future programs will depend on the school or business’ level of commitment. “It will be easier to aid groups who have already been preserving their land on their own,” Woolford said. “But we are willing to help anyone and look forward to spreading the word.” The BACT and other conservation groups, such as the Forest Preserve Districts of Cook and Lake Counties, Citizens for Conservation and Photo provided The Land Conservancy of Ella Hoobchaak, 3, of North Barrington’s Montessori Children’s House McHenry County, have prehelped gather leaves during the school’s Fall Family Garden Day cleanserved 20 percent of land in

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Merry Meals project makes difference BHS Interact Club effort feeds Guatemalan children By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com BARRINGTON – Spare change jingling about purses, cars and pockets could pay for a life-saving meal this holiday season. Thanks to a few helping hands, a donation of 25 cents provides a full serving of vitamins and minerals for Guatemala’s malnourished. During Barrington’s first-ever ChristKindlFest, which took place Dec. 6 through Dec. 8, the Barrington High School Interact Club partnered with the Barrington Rotary Club to recruit food-packing volunteers and collect change. More than 10,720 nonperishable Merry Meals were packaged on festival grounds by Interact Club members, friends and even passersby. “Every quarter counts,” said Jim Hawrysko, Interact Club adviser and BHS dean of students. The idea for Merry Meals came from BHS senior Interact members Courtney and Ashley Quigley. The Quigley family traveled to Guatemala last summer to build and renovate homes for families living in garbage dump communities. Courtney Quigley said 13 communities surround a 40acre ravine of trash in Guatemala City. Children attend school for half of their day and spend the other half searching for food, tradeable metal scraps and home-building materials. “Houses, meals and furniture are made completely out of trash,” Courtney Quigley said. “Many meals are contaminated, and mothers must stay awake all night holding their babies because large rats roam the homes.” Merry Meals is a Barrington extension of the Rockford-based Kids Around the World food program where a small, tax-deductible donation of $2.50 can provide 10 meals to a child in need, or

How to help To learn more about a local August 2014 trip to Guatemala, call Jim Quigley at 847-542-7801.

$22 can feed the same child for three months. “Just one of our meals can take a child from stage four malnutrition up to full health,” said Andrew Martin of Kids Around the World. “All it takes is some spare change from your dresser.” According to the World Food Program, poor nutrition accounts for 45 percent of (or 3.1 million) global deaths in children under the age of 5 each year. Kids Around the World states that 12 children die from global starvation per minute. Each packaged Merry Meal contains six servings of rice, a soy mix fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals, dehydrated vegetables and chicken flavoring. The soy mix is 52 percent protein, and each meal is formulated to reverse the starvation process and its effects, with a shelf life of three years. The meals can be prepared in less than 20 minutes by adding boiling water. The Interact Club’s initial goal was to be able to send 10,000 meals to the Potter’s House Association, an international outreach program, for food distribution through Guatemala City’s community centers – enough meals to provide 27 children with one nutritious meal each day for a year. Courtney Quigley is familiar with the Potter’s House Association, having worked with the nonprofit to provide sports camps, playgrounds and homes to garbage dump communities. Quigley said Potter’s House buildings stand out as shelters and places of hope for many families with their clean multipurpose rooms, tutoring services, healthy meals and parenting classes.

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ABOVE: Barrington High School Interact members and community volunteers p1ackaged 10, 728 meals for Guatemalan children at ChristKindlFest, Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The group packaged more than 700 more meals than their initial goal of 10,000. BELOW: BHS junior Ryan Horak helped organize a soccer camp for children living in the Guatemala City garbage dump communities.

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“Family dynamic can be very broken in those communities,” Quigley said. “Scavenging replaces parenting time.” The Quigley family plans to return to Guatemala next summer to build more homes after recruiting the help of local families. Courtney and Ashley’s father, Jim Quigley, is a Barrington Rotary member who already has gotten the Rotary involved in many service trips abroad. More than 10,700 Interact

clubs exist in 109 countries with nearly 200,000 participants – 35 of which are involved at BHS. Rotary clubs provide guidance to Interact clubs who are required to complete at least two community service projects each year – one which furthers international understanding and goodwill. “It gives youth a voice and an opportunity to serve,” Barrington Rotary member Timothy White said. “We help, but it’s ultimately the youth who pick and lead each project. It’s

a learning process – a cool relationship.” BHS freshman Tyler Conti learned that he had some free time in his schedule and decided to join Interact in conjunction with a few other clubs this year. “I’m just excited to help out,” Conti said. Ashley Quigley said this year’s ChristKindlFest was the perfect way to recruit volunteers and spread awareness about the situation in Guatemala. Other Interact Club members present at the festival sold purses crafted by Guatemalan microbusinesses and collected donations for the International Heifer Project to provide farming animals to those in need. ChristKindlFest guests had the opportunity to volunteer on the spot for Merry Meal assembly and were able to trade in festival ride tickets for a meal donation. Upcoming BHS Interact volunteer activities include a winter coat drive with Barrington Giving Day and work with local animal shelters. The Interact service club is open to any BHS student – freshman through senior.


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Holiday events light up village Market joins other downtown festivities By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com

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he village was truly aglow this past weekend as the Barrington Fire Department commenced the annual tree-lighting ceremony, local businesses hosted several family activities, and the Harris Bank parking lot (downtown, near the Metra station) was home to Barrington’s first-ever German American holiday market – ChristKindlFest. Holiday trolleys made hourly circuits through the village on Saturday, Dec. 7, stopping at the Candy Cane Festival at the Foundry Shopping Center, Winter Wonderland at Ice House Mall, Heinen’s and the Shops at Flint Creek, and Gingerbread Lane at the Shops on Lageschulte Street. The village’s tree was lit promptly at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Village Center, 100 S. Cook St., with free carriage rides, cookies and hot cocoa being served to awaiting guests. The Ice House Mall at 200 Applebee St. hosted a free Santa visit and photo opportunity Saturday with an additional Santa’s Breakfast at Chessie’s Restaurant and visiting Radio Disney family entertainment. Lasting all weekend was a ChristKindlFest sponsored by the Barrington Rotary and Barrington Village Association. The festival featured live music, dancers, live reindeer, unique merchandise, carnival rides and tasty German food and drinks.

TOP: The Barrington Children Choir sing holiday favorites during Saturday’s ChristkindlFest in downtown Barrington. The event was Barrington’s first German-American holiday market. ABOVE: Free carriage rides were part of Saturday’s festivities. LEFT: The Barrington High School Madrigal Singers perform at the event, which was sponsored by the Barrington Rotary and Barrington Village Association.

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Fire district joins holiday campaign By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com LAKE BARRINGTON – The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District once again is participating in a “Keep the Wreath Red” public awareness program, where seasonal decor encourages residents to keep their families safe from fires this holiday season. The wreaths hanging at the district’s fire stations in Lake Barrington and Barrington Hills will be illuminated with red bulbs. Any district fire caused by holiday decorations will be represented with a white bulb. The program will conclude on New Year’s Day. “The wreaths provide a

helpful, visual reminder that dangerous fires still occur during this most festive time of the year,” Fire Chief Jeff Swanson said. “Let’s all work together to keep our families safe from fire.” Swanson added that no seasonal decor fires have occurred in the district since it began participating in the program in 2008. The “Keep the Wreath Red” program was established in Naperville in 1954. The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association adopted the program in 1980 as a way to prevent holiday-related fires. For information, visit www.bcfpd.org or call 224-8484800.

BARRINGTON – Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action members will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Barrington Memorial Park to speak out against gun violence. Chapter Lead Sara Salvato Horan said the event will be in remembrance of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy that occurred a year ago. Participants will gather to remember gun violence victims and call on Congress to work to prevent gun violence. The event will begin at Barrington Memorial Park and continue to the office of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., in the Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough St. – a block north of Barrington Memorial Park. For information, call Cathy Risberg at 224-241-2012.

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What are the BGD coat drives like?

Charities gave BGD a grant this year to help purchase new winter coats. The number of coats provided varies from year to year, but we usually have 2,500 coats. We hope to purchase and collect 3,000 coats this year.

Where do everyday BGD donations go? Hills: All toys, coats, hats, gloves, etc. are given to the children on the free and reduced lunch program in Barrington School District 220. Everything is distributed at the BGD event held before Christmas, or at our new Back to School event in August. Cash donations are used to purchase a number of items, including food for the families during the holidays, books, blankets, coats, gloves, hats and toys.

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Bauer: Community group aid includes the Barrington Lions Club, Breakfast and Noon Rotary Clubs, Barrington Junior Women’s Club, Barrington Children’s Charities has helped the past

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The Barrington Giving Day Youth Board consists of 19 Barrington High School students. Each member has been busily preparing for the annual “giving day” – held every December. On this day, Barrington School District 220 families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program are invited to come pick up donated winter coats, toys and more. Front row: Tiffany Toni (from left), Rosie Simoes, Alex Horvath and Christopher Nevarez. Middle row: Kyle Grogger, Catherine Goetze, Olivia Fisher, Morgan Nguyen and Katie Tipsword. Top row: James Baumgartner, Deven Bhura, Ryan Hovak and Joey Nichols. Students not pictured: Ryan Lucas, Zach Hennenfent, Matt Hancock, Katie Todd, Grace Mitchell and David Conrad. two years, the Barrington Community Foundation and Barrington United Way. Barrington High School assists through its football and wrestling teams, Latino Leadership group, National Honor Society, and the Barrington Giving Day Youth Board. We could not hold this event without the many organizations that are involved.

What is a day like for you and BGD volunteers? Karon: BGD is a 100-percent volunteer organization. Our busiest months are from September through December. Donations of toys, coats, books are collected throughout the Barrington Area. Letters are mailed to our donors requesting their help in funding BGD. Volunteers help shop for coats, hats, gloves and books. Food for the invited families is ordered. Planning and logistics meetings are held.

What are your other annual fundraisers like? Hills: We don’t have a large single fundraiser, although we would like to plan one for

2014. Our largest fundraising efforts consist of grant writing, and we get broad support from local businesses, individuals and a myriad of fundraisers held at many of the schools.

agers, who I’m sure would rather sleep in on a Saturday morning, get up and out of bed, eager to serve their neighbors and give back to their community in this way.

Any plans for BGD? Do you know how much BGD has raised? Hills: This number is a moving target and has grown over the years. Last year, we raised over $90,000 and our goal is to raise $100,000 this year. We have no salaries or other overhead, so all of the money goes back to support local families and children who need our help.

Can you recall your most memorable experience with BGD? Hills: The most memorable experiences for me with BGD are when I have an opportunity to reconnect with former students. I’ve found that many students who were sitting in my classroom as middle schoolers often return to BGD years later as sophomore, junior, and senior high school as volunteers. I find it encouraging that these teen-

Dockery: Our goal has always been to provide food and clothing for the children of families that are less fortunate in District 220 schools. We were thrilled to have the St. Matthews church host a back-to-school clothing and shoe event for the first time this past August. They have already agreed to do so again next summer. We hope to provide relief to needy families in whatever way possible. Due to limited resources, in terms of both financial and volunteer support, we have made the December event our main focus. We rely on the generous support of various community organizations and individual donors to make these events possible. We certainly welcome additional financial support to be able to expand the offerings at the current events or to host another event during the year.

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By TARAH THORNE tthorne@shawmedia.com BARRINGTON – A special doctor is in the house this stressful season. She cannot award shopping sprees or kitchen aid, but local physical therapist Denise Smith is tackling the headaches of the holidays one patient at a time. The stress of the holiday season may present a dangerous scenario for headache sufferers, with pain being triggered by a number of stressors, ranging from the pressure of meeting year-end deadlines to unregulated eating or disrupted sleep. Santa isn’t alone in working late nights. More than 70 percent of some world populations experience tension-type headaches. Yet headache disorders are not perceived by the public as serious since they are mostly episodic and an estimated 50 percent of headache sufferers are self-treating, according to the World

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Denise Smith is one of several headache physical therapists at Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers – Barrington. Smith said the holiday season is a peak time for headaches. The center at 455 W. Northwest Highway offers free screenings for anyone experiencing aches and pains. Health Organization. Smith of Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers – Barrington said these statistics are scary because tension-type headaches also can

be associated with musculoskeletal problems in the neck and can last hours or days. Smith said that she believes tension-type headaches are on the rise now that people

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1. Control your caffeine intake – some headaches are triggered by too much, some by too little. 2. Practice healthy eating/snacking and portion control (avoid too much tyramine, a substance present in aged cheeses, chocolate, alcohol, some nuts and smoked meats). 3. Eat high-protein foods in the morning. 4. Limit alcohol (contains tyramine, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and dehydrates). 5. Stay hydrated. 6. Try lavender and lemon oil steam/aromatherapy. 7 Treat yourself to a self-scalp and neck massage (tennis balls in a sock). 8. Perform stretching exercises. 9. Get at least 30 minutes of cardio every day. 10. Incorporate physical therapy and daily exercise into your routine.

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With the Bears desperately needing to close out the season with three more wins to keep their hopes of winning the NFC North and a trip to the playoffs alive, the Cleveland Browns would appear to be exactly the cupcake the doctor ordered. After all, the Browns are 4-9, mired in a four-game losing streak, and stuck in last place in the AFC North. Ah, but looks can be deceiving. The Bears have faced three other last-place teams this season in the Vikings, Redskins and Rams, and their record is 1-3 against them, with a loss to each. While the Browns record is weak, they do own victories over the Bengals and Ravens, and they actually had a 2614 lead last week in New England with only two minutes remaining before the

Patriots made a miraculous comeback with the help of some questionable officiating. This is a team the Bears absolutely cannot afford to look past if they don’t want to risk all the ground they just made with Monday night’s win over the Cowboys. The good news for the Bears is the Browns’ greatest struggles are in the area of the Bears’ greatest challenge. While the Bears are still dead last in the NFL against the run, the Browns are only 28th in the NFL in rushing and 27th in average gain per run. That is in large part due to their early season trade of Trent Richardson to the Colts, which may have netted them an extra first round draft choice in the 2014 draft, but left them with the aged Willis McGahee, who is averaging only 2.7 yards a carry, and youngsters Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker. Cleveland is better throwing the football, ranking 10th in passing yardage, but they’re only 28th in average gain per pass and are 18th in interceptions and sacks allowed.

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8IN BRIEF Barrington Writers’ Workshop hosts author BARRINGTON – The Barrington Writers’ Workshop will host a keynote guest speaker, Emily Leibert, author of “You Knew Me When,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Garlands, 1000 Garlands Ave. Leibert’s lecture is titled “How To Become a Successful Author” and will cover topics including literary agents, publishing, marketing and more. The Barrington Writers’ Workshop is celebrating its 35th year of helping local writers improve their craft. For information, www. barringtonwriters.org or call 847-304-1996.

Commemorating community at St. Paul BARRINGTON – The St. Paul United Church of Christ will host an afternoon lecture about the life and work of theologian Henri J. M. Nouwen at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. The free event

will be held at the church, 401 E. Main St., Barrington. Nouwen is credited with more than 50 books about spiritual life – having served at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard, as well as attending the Selma to Montgomery March led by Martin Luther King Jr. Before his 1996 death, Nouwen served with L’Arche, a nondenominational international community focused on disabled adults. Commemorating Nouwen’s legacy will be guest speaker Chris Glaser, who was a student of Nouwen’s at Yale Divinity School in the late 1970s. Glaser considered Nouwen his spiritual mentor and began leading workshops and retreats focused on Nouwen’s life and writings. Those who cannot attend the Saturday event can listen to Glaser speak after the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Jan. 19. For information, visit www. stpauluccbarrington.org or call 847-381-0460.

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Close to 500 guests came to show support and help raise funds last weekend for the young daughter of Barrington chiropractor Dr. Ryan Felde at a fundraiser called “Pennies 4 Payton.” Shortly after her third birthday this past October, Dr. Felde’s daughter, Payton Felde, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. Dr. Felde and his wife, Lauren, spent about a month with Payton at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago leading up to Thanksgiving. She was treated for complications before she was strong enough to start chemotherapy treatments, which are underway now. Though Payton’s cancer is very serious, Dr. Felde says he is optimistic about her prognosis. “I’m confident that we have the best surgeon, the best doctors, the best hospital and the best oncologist,” he said. “They are going to get rid of the cancer. At this point I can’t do anything other than pray that the doctors will do their job and that the tumors will respond the way they’re hoping. I have to have faith.” More than 100 children also took part in Saturday’s “Pennies 4 Payton” fundraiser at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg. Organizers raffled off a number of prizes donated by high-profile athletes, including Chicago Bear Charles Tillman, Major League Baseball players Ben Zobrist and Neal Cotts, retired pro basketball player Charles Oakley, and professional football player Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton. A disc jockey played fun songs, getting the kids out on the dance floor, and Dr. Felde says a highlight was when Santa and his elves dropped by to visit with Payton, her 22-month-old brother, Jordan, and their friends. “Without this event, Payton would not have gotten to see Santa, dance the Cupid Shuffle, rebuild her self-confidence and have a good time,” he said. “Lifting her spirits has been hard. The Pennies 4 Payton event was definitely able to do this!” Many of the children have been

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Payton Felde (center) and her mom, Lauren Felde, were the guests of honor at the Pennies 4 Payton fundraiser in Schaumburg. hard at work filling their own piggy banks with pennies for Payton. All proceeds will help the Felde family offset the cost of an estimated $150,000 in medical expenses for Payton that insurance will not cover. “Cancer is expensive and, at the same time, my wife isn’t working and I’m working a very limited schedule,”

Dr. Felde said. “We spent 28 of the first 30 days of her diagnosis inside the hospital. So money raised from this event will go toward saving my daughter’s life.” “Payton has a rare liver tumor and, while we trust our doctors, there is no guarantee that her little body will be able to handle everything that is being

thrown at it. So we are making sure that we are doing everything possible to get her healthy.” Despite the time away from work so he can be present during Payton’s treatments, Dr. Felde says facing the unknown has been the biggest challenge. “The hardest part about her cancer to me is that there is no right answer. What works for her may not work for the next child, and unfortunately the opposite is true as well. What works for others, may not work for Payton.” And that’s why Dr. Felde says the prayers and support they have received since Payton’s diagnosis have been particularly meaningful. “At times you have this uneasiness because you can’t solve her problem. But at times you have this unbelievable calm when you know that you’re surrounded by unbelievable people and it kind of lifts you up.” If you would like to help the family by making a contribution, you can do so online at Pennies4Payton.com.

• Liz Luby Chepell publishes 365Barrington.com, a website promoting people, places and events in Barrington. She can be reached at liz@365barrington.com.

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