Benefit set to aid McHenry woman

McHENRY – When doctors discovered that Christine “Chris” McCormack’s skin cancer had moved into her bones 18 months ago, doctors gave her three to six months to live.

Ever since, she has been fighting and undergoing chemotherapy treatment. However, McCormack now is blind in one eye, and has what doctors hope is temporary hearing loss. She also struggles with knowing basic time and day, said Kelly Grove, McCormack’s daughter.

To help pay for McCormack’s mounting medical bills, there will be benefit Saturday at the All Sports Bar and Grill in McCullom Lake.

McCormack, 59, first was diagnosed with skin cancer seven years ago. She went through surgery, but the skin cancer came back three years later. After major face reconstruction surgery, doctors again thought the cancer was gone.

But 18 months ago, doctors found it had spread to her bones, and one month ago, they found it had spread to the base of her brain, Grove said.

“Once in the bone, there’s no way of getting it out of the bone, and it will continue to spread,” Grove said. “Hopefully, with the chemotherapy, it will limit it from spreading.”

McCormack is in the midst of a six-week-long, five-day-a-week radiation treatment and has been on chemotherapy for 18 months. “It’s taking a toll on her,” Grove said.

Medical bills are beginning to pile up, too, as McCormack surpassed her health insurance plan’s lifetime medical benefit limit in July. She now is $40,000 above the limit.

McCormack used to own the Southgate Laundry on Front Street across the street from the McHenry Public Library. She also previously worked in the bakery at Eagle Foods in McHenry. And she worked in the produce department at the McHenry Meijer store until April, when her doctor said she no longer could work.

“She was very known and liked by all customers at Meijer,” Grove said.

If you go

What: Christine McCormack Benefit, which will include a vendor show, a tattoo party, silent auction, 50-50 raffle and live music.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Bands begin playing at 6 p.m.

Where: All Sports Bar and Grill, 3018 N. Hickory Drive, McCullom Lake.

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