It's been said that our greatest currency in life is the people we choose to surround ourselves with and if you've been lucky enough to know Sean Lucas and his beautiful family over the years, then you certainly know your life is all the richer for it.
A friend to any and everyone who crosses his path (the Lucas garage has always stayed open regardless of the home address). A respected Chicago Police Officer. A Sox and Bears fan through the good times and bad and an avid movie lover; he never turns down the chance to catch a game or watch a flick. And best of all, a loving husband to Vivian and father of three to Everett (7), Noelle (4), and Sawyer (2).
Though his closest friends have always done most of the fighting over the years, Sean is now taking on the toughest fight any of us have faced. Diagnosed with Stage 4 High-Grade Signet Ring Cell Adenocarcinoma of the Appendix, Sean has been and will continue to undergo numerous treatments to defend against this rare form of cancer. In the several months since his diagnosis (Oct '22), there have been highs and lows, yet nothing has changed his sense of optimism and determination to beat this disease.
As he approaches a critical inflection point in this journey, Sean and his family have decided that it's time to share this news with the greater community of friends and acquaintances who care about Sean. This group will be a destination for updates and news about Sean's progress, as well as a forum for this community to share words of encouragement with him and his family. Though, at some point, we all know it will likely evolve to people popping in to reminisce about the glory days of IC vs Julianas grade school football.
With that said, a benefit event is currently being organized with a confirmed date of June 16th at The Fairway, which is the banquet hall at Howard Street. More details to come as we approach the date.
Lastly this group page includes a link to a GoFundMe set up to benefit Sean and his family in an effort to absorb costs related to his treatments as he travels to and from the East Coast to work with a renowned doctor who specializes in this type of cancer. It will also help the family as Sean will take time away from CPD to focus on his health. If you are so inclined, please consider donating.
Sean has a tremendous amount of love and support from his family and friends. He is setting the bar incredibly high for how to handle adversity with confidence, strength and the quick witted, sarcastic sense of humor he has always had.
-Friends of Sean
-Friends of Sean
-Friends of Sean
May 1, 2023
Apologies for the infrequent posts here given Sean has been on the daily grind of cancer treatment so there wasn’t much to share on a weekly basis. With that said, we have some recent positive news to share! Sean just finished up his 12th round of chemo treatment a little over a week ago. The 12th round is a BIG milestone for Sean, and he will now take a break from chemo. He and Viv will head out to the East Coast for his second exploratory surgery. After his last chemo session, Sean had a PET and CT scan completed, and the results were extremely positive as it confirmed once more that chemo is working! The results from the scans have put Sean in a great state of mind, and he is ready to take on whatever lies ahead. We do ask that you all continue to keep Sean in your thoughts and pray for good news from this upcoming surgery, as this will give him a much clearer picture of what the next 6+ months will look like. As you can imagine, this has been a rollercoaster, to say the least, and more positive results from the exploratory surgery will hopefully allow Sean to get back to work and return to a level of normalcy for him and his family. The exploratory is scheduled for early May.
Again, we cannot express how thankful we are for each of you. We have raised over $100K on the GoFundMe in less than two months, and we have received incredible donations for the upcoming benefit on June 16th. We ask to continue sharing the flyer to prompt more donations so we can make this event a HUGE success. We have fantastic raffle prizes from all our gracious Sponsors and are continuing to receive more and more donations for the raffles. Our marquee raffle item, the Colorado trip, has been selling fast! If you are interested in this 7-night stay in the luxurious mansion located on the hill of a mountain in Winter Park, Colorado, please complete the Google Form and we will be in touch shortly after to provide you with your raffle tickets.
Lastly, we are expecting an enormous turnout for the benefit on June 16 th at The Fairway located in Niles (TAM Golf Course banquet hall). The event will include a live DJ [DJ Phil for those who have frequented the local watering holes of EP], a three hour “All-You-Can-Drink” special, buffet style dinner, and chances to win incredible raffle prizes!
Event tickets will be on sale for $50 per person. The Standing with Sean committee will be hosting several upcoming “Sunday Fundays” at Mystic Rogue between 3-6pm starting May 21st for both volunteer sign up and purchase of tickets to the event. We highly recommend buying your ticket to the event in advance.
Thanks again to everyone and we hope to share another positive update in a month.
-Friends of Sean
February 27, 2023