Jun 082015
Troubling Numbers
  • Each year globally, about 14 million people learn they have cancer, and 8 million die.
  • In the United States an estimated 1.7 million new cases of cancer will emerge and nearly 585,000 people will die from the disease in the year 2015.
  • 20.1 million people living in this country have been diagnosed with some form of cancer.
  • Nearly 958,000 Americans are battling blood cancers today including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Please Donate Now

I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program, and I’m asking you to help by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Click the button below now to donate, or read on first to learn why this is so important to me. Thanks.

My Humble Request of You

My Reason. My Story.

We all have a story of cancer. It’s touched every one of our lives without a doubt. Many of my closest family have died due to some form of cancer. My mother-in-law was cut down at the young age of 55 in less than six months time from an aggressive brain tumor. She went from line dancing and laughing one day to brain cancer the next—thrust into a losing battle, marked by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and suffering. It was absolutely horrible—seeing her suffer, seeing my wife suffer as she watched her mother fight one day after the next until she couldn’t any longer. My father-in-law suffered more slowly over several years from the prostate cancer that eventually took his life. I watched him transform from a jovial, red-cheeked, portly fellow who loved to indulge in the many pleasures of life into an emaciated, ashen man with desperation in his eyes.

More recently, both of my own parents suffered and died within five months of one another from two different forms of cancer—my mother from breast cancer and my father from lung cancer. In both cases, the life was sucked from their bodies—slowly at first and then with increasing and relentless speed until there was nothing left. Well, we were left—with memories, pain, and the heart-breaking burden of trying to explain to my 8-year-old son why he would never see his grandma and grandpa again.

My story is not unique. I know this. My oldest friend recently lost his mother to lymphoma. She fought for years—successfully for a while, moving into remission, before it returned suddenly and claimed her life. I can see my friend’s pain now, as he tries to sort through feelings of confusion, loss, grief, and rage with his young family—with his two young children.

Cancer in all forms sucks. It sucks the life from people and hope from far too many families. Nobody should have to suffer this way, especially when a cure is possible. We should not have to see our loved ones suffer. Our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our spouses, our children, our dear friends—nobody should suffer at the hands of this terrible disease, and yet it afflicts us all. You know someone who has suffered from this disease, who may now be suffering. 20.1 million people in this country have been diagnosed with some form of cancer. This is unacceptable. What’s worse is that research suggests that one-third of all cancer deaths can be prevented if the necessary services and technologies are made available.

There is hope. While it’s true that money can’t buy everything, it can get us closer to a cure for cancer. That’s why when a friend asked me to join him in running this year’s Chicago Half Marathon to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program, I said yes. I can do a small part in curing this disease. My goal is to raise $1,500 to help stamp out blood cancers. I am asking you now to please help me meet this fundraising goal, so together we can find a cure to blood cancers and take a step toward ridding the world of all cancers.

Please use the donate button in this e-mail to donate online quickly. You can also learn more about my progress by visiting my fundraising page. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by e-mail, and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity.

Thank you,

Michael McGuire

P.S. I would appreciate it if you would forward this e-mail to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well. Thanks again.

Help to Welcome a Refugee Family

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Feb 112015

event info

Run for Your Life
An interactive, sensory refugee simulation designed by the UNHCR.

Tuesday, March 24 · 12:30 – 1:45

Moraine Valley, G-bldg/Gym
9000 College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

For More Info
For more information, contact Mike McGuire at 708.974.5770 or by sending an e-mail

According to the latest statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 15.4 million refugees in the world. These are people who are forced to flee their homes and cannot return because they will be persecuted and possibly killed based on their religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. According to the Department of State, the United States has resettled at least 3 million refugees since 1975. An average of 2,000 refugees per year come to Illinois and many to the Chicago area.

“Run-for-Your-Life” Experience

Join us for a refugee simulation that was created by the UNHCR. Participants will role play scenarios faced by current refugees around the world. This interactive, sensory learning activity will be led by students from Mike McGuire’s Composition II class, which uses service learning as way of researching community and global issues. All are welcome, but the event is designed for more mature participants (age 14+). The students are also collecting needed items to set up an apartment in cooperation with Exodus World Service to welcome a refugee family to Chicago. We encourage you to bring one or more of the needed items. The list of needed items is below. For more information contact Mike McGuire.

Help a Family Feel at Home

You can help a displaced family by joining us in collecting needed items to help set up an apartment for them and welcome them to America. If you can donate an item or more from the list below, please sign up. Scroll down on the list, as there are many items. Also note that items do NOT need to be brand new. Gently used items are okay, too. Every donation makes a difference.

Donation Sign-Up Sheet
Sign-up for for one or more items below. Once you sign-up, we will send you additional information about where you can drop off the item(s) you will be contributing. Thanks so much!

All spots have been filled.

Needed Item     Name of Donor
Set of Mixing Bowls    #1: Carol H.
Set of Baking Pans    #1: Elizabeth M.
Set of Pots and Pans    #1: Erika D.
Set of Cooking Utensils    #1: Nicolette V.
Set of Sharp Knives    #1: Cynthia R.
Measuring Cups and Spoons    #1: Mariah S.
Med/Large Cutting Board    #1: Laila H.
Manual Can Opener    #1: Panshula G.
3 Kitchen Towels    #1: Christine M.
3 Dishcolthes    #1: Layalee B.
Faltware for 8    #1: Toni S.
Dishes for 8    #1: Nelly R.
8 Drinking Glasses    #1: Jessica C.
1 Bottle of Dish Detergent    #1: Stephenie P.
2 O-Cello Type Sponges    #1: Alyssa C.
Kitchen Trash Can and Bags    #1: Shavonne L.
1 Roll of Aluminum Foil    #1: Lara A.
1 Roll of Plastic Wrap    #1: Mia J.
2 Rolls of Paper Towels    #1: Meg D.
Queen-Sized Blanket    #1: Kevin N.
Twin-Sized Blanket    #1: Jessica S.
#2: Paulina K.
#3: Liliana M.
Queen-Sized Sheet Set    #1: Kathy F.
Twin-Sized Sheet Set    #1: Velma S.
#2: Claudia V.
#3: Elizabeth M.
Bed Pillows    #1: Diem D.
#2: Ngai Yu L.
#3: Stephanie D.
#4: Muhammad A.
Clock Radio with Alarm    #1: Laila H.
Towel Set (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth)    #1: Cathi P.
#2: Elizabeth M.
#3: Alexis S.
#4: keisha e.
2 Bottles of Shampoo    #1: Manal K.
4 Bars of Soap    #1: Manal K.
4 Tooth Brushes    #1: Manal K.
2 Tubes of Toothpaste    #1: Manal K.
Box of Feminine Supplies    #1: Manal K.
15 Disposable Razors    #1: Manal K.
4 Rolls of Toilet Paper    #1: Stephenie P.
Bottle of Hand Lotion    #1: Stephenie P.
2 Boxes of Kleenex    #1: Cathi P.
Small Trash Basket    #1: Mariah S.
Bottle of Cleaning Spary    #1: Laila H.
Can of Scouring Powder    #1: Elizabeth M.
Broom    #1: Noor J.
Dustpan    #1: Jessica S.
Plastic Laundry Basket    #1: Mariah S.
Pad of Paper    #1: Kim R.
Box of Envelopes    #1: Kim R.
5 Pencils/Pens    #1: Mariah S.
Book of Stamps    #1: Abby M.
Electric Fan    #1: Adaliz B.
Calendar    #1: Carol H.
Small Toolkit    #1: Mandoza E.
2 Light Bulbs    #1: Stephenie P.
5 lbs of Sugar    #1: Meg D.
10 lbs of Flour    #1: Rita K.
5 lbs of Onions    #1: Lynn T.
10 lbs of Potatoes    #1: Lynn T.
Gallon of Cooking Oil    #1: Kathy F.
5 lbs of Rice    #1: Kathy F.
Box of Teabags    #1: Sobia R.
Box of Salt    #1: Noor J.
Can of Black Pepper    #1: Layalee B.
Jar of Instant Coffee    #1: Muhammad T.
Case of Pop    #1: Travaughn C.

Students on Higher Education

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Nov 222014

event info

MVCC Library Lounge

FREE, but RSVP is encouraged for large groups or classes.

Panel Discussion
December 3, 2014 · 2:30p – 3:45p
Action Forums
December 4, 2014 · 11a – 1:45p

MVCC Library (L211)
9000 College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

For More Info
For more information, contact Mike McGuire at 708.974.5770 or by sending an e-mail.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
2:30p – 3:45p
Thursday, December 4, 2014
11:00a – 12:15p & 12:30p – 1:45p
Moraine Valley Community College
Library (L211)
9000 W. College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Event 1: A Student Panel Discussion

 Ivory Tower: A Topic of Discussion

On Wednesday, December 3 from 2:30 until 3:45, students from Communications 101 will offer their measured views on issues related to higher education, particularly as they pertain to the escalating price of college in the United States. With student debt exceeding $1.2 trillion, this is a matter of immediate concern to us all. Please come see these students as they participate in a moderated panel discussion about these issues and in response to the documentary film Ivory Tower.

Event 2: Student Action Forums

On Thursday, December 4 from 11:00 until 12:15 and then again from 12:30 until 1:45, students from Communications 101 will present action recommendations for the direction they would like to see higher education taking help their shared vision for our society. Recommendations will target higher education generally and Moraine Valley specifically. These group presentations are the results of several weeks of deliberative dialogue, research, and writing on this subject. Students, teachers, and administrators, and concerned community members are all encouraged to attend. This Action Forum event will invite audience members to voice their concerns, as well.

For More Information

For more information on either of these events or to reserve space for larger groups (or your class), please contact Mike McGuire (708.974.5770) or e-mail him mcguirem72@morainevalley.edu. Please come on out to support these students and participate in these critical conversations.

Oct 152014

On October 7, 2014, Moraine Valley Community College held it’s first ever day of service—“Community Learning Day.” Mobilizing over 800 people for a day of service wasn’t a simple matter, but in the end the day was a great success. Check out the highlights video.

Oct 062014

This is an election year, and each one of us needs to be well informed on the issues that matter most to our country and to our communities. It’s difficult to wade through all the messaging and manipulation that comes with election season, but don’t let this difficulty send you into the voting booth blind or keep you from voting altogether. Don’t forfeit the power you have to participate in your government and to shape the decisions that shape our lives in this country. Vote. But do it smart. Project Vote Smart can help.

Project Vote Smart is a powerful and easy-to-use resource that brings you millions of facts on over 40,000 politicians. Their online tools make what might otherwise be an overwhelming task quite doable—and actually kind of fun. Easily find critical information regarding where your politicians stand on the issues that matter most to you.

Check it out → Project Vote Smart