Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael Herlehy, a founding partner at Tom Dick & Harry Advertising/Chicago. Michael is now at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Tex., where he is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's cancer, which had been in remission, but returned a month ago. He is expected to be at the center going through chemotherapy and then a stem cell transplant for the next six weeks. That will be followed by at least six more months of outpatient therapy in Houston. Michael's wife Sherri is by his side in Houston, but she is planning to fly back to Chicago on weekends to be with the Herlehy kids Conner and McKenna.
Fortunately, Michael has medical insurance, but additional costs for travel, living arrangements and food are expected to total $40,000 to $50,000. To help defray those costs, Michael's partners at TD&H and other friends are organizing a "Herlehy Helper" fundraiser on March 26, at Joey's Brickhouse restaurant, 1257 W. Belmont, in the Lakeview neighborhood. There will be an open bar, food, silent auction, raffles and a lot of good karma. Tickets are $60. For more information, contact David Yang at 312-327-9531 or Brandy Isaac at 312-961-1178. Or purchase tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/56036. If you can't attend the event, donations are welcome too at the same online site.