Fundraiser prepares for Christmas gift delivery to cancer-stricken children

Aug. 16, 2011 at 3:16 a.m.

LASALLE - If anyone is getting a head start on Christmas, it's the organizers of the Kory Kubecka Santa Drive.

The organizers of the Santa Drive will have their third annual fundraiser for the fifth annual drive, which delivers gifts to cancer-stricken children.

"It leaves a very huge impact on these kids," said Linda Bonelli, whose 16-year-old son Kory, died in 2008 of an aggressive form of leukemia.

The event had started before her son died because Kory felt kids should get gifts they want, not just a gift without meaning, Bonelli said.

Last year the fundraiser helped raise enough money to give gifts to about 54 kids from the Crossroads and San Antonio.

And the gifts aren't small.

Some received computers, flat-screen TVs and video games - all gifts on their wish list.

"We don't leave anybody off," Bonelli said. "Cancer is an ugly word and an ugly disease."

The fundraiser is at The Shack in La Salle and will have a bike and hot rod fun run.

In addition, a live auction, cake walk, raffle, barbecue plates and live entertainment will be available.

In December, the organizers and Santa Claus drive to San Antonio to deliver the gifts at several of the hospitals.

Some gifts are delivered locally, but only a few cancer-stricken kids are known, Bonelli said.

Bonelli hopes more local families will come forward with their kids' wish lists since the funds are locally raised.

"It helps keep Kory's memory alive," Bonelli said.



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