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Olivia Strong Benefit & Donor Drive Presentation

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Olivia's Story


A Worthy Cause


Fifteen-year-old Olivia is a fun, loving and adventurous young lady. She is a wonderful sister to Jillian, daughter of Dennis and Kathy Gardner and friend to so many. She has always been active in sports, throughout her whole life, whether she was competing in gymnastics, softball or volleyball. But Olivia’s life was turned upside down and changed in April 2018 when she was diagnosed with a possibly fatal blood disorder called Severe Aplastic Anemia. She was immediately started on an intense treatment regimen with medication to treat this life threatening condition. A blood stem cell transplant is the only cure for this disease. Olivia still does not have her match. Olivia's battle against this disease continues, and the medications prescribed hoping to send her disorder into remission are damaging her internal organs to the point that they must cut back on treatment. This disease has not taken away Olivia’s vivacious personality and joy for life. Olivia is strong and determined to continue to battle this disease and not let it define her life.  We are fighting against time please help us find a donor and spread the word to others to become a blood stem cell donor to help Olivia as well as raise much needed funds to help the Gardner family during this time of need.


A Great Event

Join us at 115 Bourbon Street on June 2 from 3-7 p.m. for a super fun afternoon! Your ticket includes a great buffet dinner, draft beer, wine, soda, snack and desserts. Great entertainment from a DJ and the one and only "Maggie Speaks" will be performing!  Great prizes will be raffled off, as well as a silent auction and split the pot opportunities. 

115 Bourbon Street 3359 W. 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL 60803

Admission:  $35 (Adult); $20 (5-20); $30 (65+) FREE (under 5). 

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Get Involved!

Consider making a financial donation or  donate items we can use for raffles or the silent auction. You also can  help by joining us for a fun afternoon of food, drinks, music and giving.  Most importantly, in an effort to find a match for Olivia, we are teaming with BE THE MATCH to register donors at the event and online. If you're between the age of 18 and 44, you're eligible to sign up.  when you register (before or after the event) you'll qualify for a special raffle! It truly is a matter of life for Olivia and others.


Contact Us

With all of us working together, we can accomplish great things. For more information on how to volunteer , contribute or become a donor to our fundraiser, send us a message. We will get back to you soon.

Olivia Strong Donor Drive & Fundraiser

115 Bourbon Street 3359 W. 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL 60803. or 630-849-9719

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