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September 11, 2018

LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek’s Legacy Continues

Pictured, L-R: Kim Burgess, APRN/FNP; Jill Boone, RN/BSN; Dr. John Opilka; Aiden Hardiek; Will Hardiek; Jim Schroeder; Kathy Schroeder

Jim and Kathy Schroeder and their grandsons, Will and Aiden, made their second distribution from the LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment when the family delivered 10 gift cards to Altamont Medical Clinic, providing children of cancer patients with much needed comfort and lightening the financial burden felt by their families.

LeAnn was a 29-year old mother of young Will and Aiden when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon that diagnosis, the Effingham community rallied their support around her and her two sons. The boys were often given toys and other items to keep them occupied during their mom’s hospital stays. The generosity towards her sons inspired LeAnn to give back to her community in the same way. Although LeAnn passed away in April 2015, LeAnn’s father Jim and stepmother Kathy established the LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment with Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation to fulfill LeAnn’s desire.

Keep LeAnn’s legacy going with a contribution to the LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment.

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