Commemorative timeline



Jammers made a difference through candy sales

When the Deerfield’s South Park Jammers were looking for a cause that would benefit from their annual charitable event, they decided on The Rory David Deutsch Foundation. In November, the young team members blitzed Deerfield’s Lake-Cook & Waukegan Road intersection selling custom-wrapped Hershey’s chocolate bars for $2 each. The kids,…

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Tribute to Rory raised half a million

More than 1,650 people, including 835 children, “Soared to the Stars for Rory” at Adler Planetarium in April. This amazing event raised nearly $600,000 for pediatric brain tumor research and was considered the most successful first-time charitable event ever held in Chicago. Thanks to the tireless work of resourceful volunteers,…

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Kids helped foundation take first steps

In 1998 and 1999, the Indian Trail Parent/Teacher Organization organized a Kids Who Care walk in June that raised about $5,000 for The Rory David Deutsch Foundation. As a tribute to Rory’s love of the solar system, the walk involved eight activity stations named for the planets. More than 150…

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Rory Award made its mark

The first two recipients of the Rory Award for good citizenship were honored on June 18th at Indian Trail Elementary School in Highland Park. A tribute to Rory that recognizes students whose writing or artwork best reflects the caring and generosity he exhibited in life, the award went to kindergartner…

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Charita-Ball brought causes together with remarkable success

Raising $650,000 for cancer research and drawing more than 2,000 people to the Navy Pier Ballroom on September 18th, this partnership event featured casino games, delicious food, and incredible raffle prizes. One-third of Charita-Ball’s proceeds supported The Rory David Deutsch Brain Tumor Research Program at Children’s Memorial Hospital, while another…

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Hoops helped bring hope

For three days beginning October 15, nearly seventy fourth graders competed in the 1st Annual Rory Deutsch Basketball Tournament and raised more than $850 for pediatric brain tumor research. Highland Park resident Rick Siegel, CEO of the Denver-based Apollo Group computer consulting firm, put together the fall tournament with the…

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Olga’s Day Spa stepped up for Rory

While Olga Nisenboim had never met Rory or his parents, she decided there was something she could do to help battle the disease. The owner of Olga’s Day Spa in Highland Park held a one-day fund-raiser at her spa that brought in $4,100 forpediatric brain tumor research. For five hours…

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Beanie Babies set a trend of giving

When the Beanie Babies were all the rage, a unique shop dedicated to quality gifts and accessories turned the frenzy into a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. The Karyn Collection in Highland Park set aside $2 from each sale of a Beanie Baby, a Buddy, a Pillow Pal or Attic…

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The Children’s Ball boosted research and resolve

With an “Oz” theme that honored the 100th anniversary of the classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” book written in Chicago by L. Frank Baum, the 41st annual Children’s Ball was held on December 11 and raised $1.6 million mainly for brain tumor research at Children’s Memorial Medical Center. The…

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