BRACEVILLE – On Saturday, Braidwood Station’s annual “Fishing for a Cure” tournament raised $60,000 for pediatric cancer research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
For nuclear plant workers Brian Daniels and Mike Kap, this year’s charity of choice held special meaning. Daniels lost his 2-year-old daughter Ashlyn to epilepsy in 2001, and Kap’s 20-year-old son, Logan, suffers from cystic fibrosis. Both children received treatment and care at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
“We are so excited to see the overwhelming support from Exelon Generation, our co-workers, vendors and local businesses in honor of our families,” Daniels said. “We want to help fight the cancers and diseases that impact children and this donation will make a difference.”
Fishing for a Cure, Braidwood Station’s signature charitable event, has raised about $620,000 since 2002 when it was started as a way to welcome anglers back to Braidwood Station’s cooling lake. Exelon pays for all the expenses of staging the event and 100% of the money raised through entry fees, employee drawings and donations go directly to that year’s selected charity.
“What a fantastic fishing tournament with outstanding results for the research taking place each day at Lurie Children’s Hospital,” said Rachael Mayhew, coordinator of corporate partnerships at Lurie Children’s Foundation. “Thank you to Exelon Generation and all the employees at Braidwood Station who worked hard over the past year to raise $60,000.”
First place winners in the charity team bass tournament were Mitch Deland and Dan Marcolini, both of Plainfield. Matt Leimbach of Braidwood and Nick Stuedemann of Morris finished second while the father/son team of Neil and Justin Romines of Morris finished third.
Earlier in the day, an Exelon Kids’ Fishing Derby was held at the Godley Park District’s pond.
Local sponsors for the tournament included the city of Braidwood, Reactor Services Inc., Allied Power, Angelo’s Bait Shop (Wilmington), Berkot’s Super Foods, Brieser Construction, Midwest Mechanical, Monical’s Pizza, Northern Illinois Steel Supply Co. and Rachke Piping and Mechanical.