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Benefit donations sought for coach fighting cancer

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Tim Weaver

ROCK FALLS – Items of all kinds can be donated for a benefit to help a former Rock Falls coach in his fight against cancer.

Tim Weaver, 57, was diagnosed in October with chondrosarcoma, a rare cancer of the cartilage. He is receiving treatment at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, but is unable to work at his job with Hartland Controls in Rock Falls.

Tim and Gayle Weaver have COBRA insurance, but are facing medical and other costs. To help defray expenses, the “Beat the Weaver Challenge” benefit will be from noon to 8 p.m. April 6 at the Rock Falls American Legion, 712 12th Ave.

Donated items will be split among silent, live, and Dutch auctions. Other activities will include live bands, a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, card drawings, and sports challenges. “Beat the Weaver Challenge” T-shirts can be ordered at or bought during the benefit.

To donate items, call Debbie Miller at 815-441-2780, Sonia Davis at 815-590-8922, Jane Melendres at 815-590-0771, or Deb Northrup at 815-499-3456.

Monetary donations can be made out to the Tim Weaver Benefit Account and mailed to Tim Weaver Benefit Account, 609 15th Ave., Sterling, IL 61081. Donations also may be made at any Sauk Valley Bank location.

Weaver coached Rock Falls Junior Tackle football and boys basketball at Montmorency Elementary School. He also was the assistant boys basketball coach at Rock Falls High School in 2005-06.

Weaver and his wife, Gayle, have two sons, Dustin and Dylan, who played basketball at Rock Falls High School and now live in the Chicago suburbs. Dustin and his wife, Gina, have three daughters, McKenzie, Ireland, and Collins.

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