Neighborhood Notes January 2019


Sign up for Ridge Run by Jan. 15 and Save $5. Registration is open for BAPA’s Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 27. If you sign up by Jan. 15, you can save $5 on race fees. The Ridge Run features a 10K run, 5K run and walk, and one mile youth run. BAPA presents the Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade and ceremony as part of the Ridge Run. Find info and registration at

Learn How to Draw Comics and Manga. Vanderpoel Art Association Saturday Drawing Classes for 4th through 8th graders begin Jan. 5. Classes cover the basics of drawing, in addition to cartooning and sequential art (comic strips, comic books manga and graphic novels).  Each class is limited to 15 students; choose morning or afternoon sessions: 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 12 to 1:30 p.m. Jim and Spencer McGreal will be co-teaching. Info /reservations: or

Celebrate the new year with Champagne and Sweets, Sat., Jan. 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley. $25 per person, reservations required. 773-881-1675 or

Open Mic Afternoons. Open Mic Nights are Open Mic Afternoons starting Sun., Jan. 6, 4 p.m., Smith Village Community Hall, 2320 W. 113th Pl. Singers, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are welcome to perform. The event is free. Sign up your act with Debbie Parks, or 773-574-9727. General info: Meghan Maple, 773-474-7300.

Raise Your Voice in Song. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir is recruiting singers for its 20th season. Sponsored by the Community of Churches, the choir performs sacred music from classical to gospel at a concert in spring. There are no auditions and music is provided. Music pick-up and registration is Sun., Jan. 6, 3:15 to 5 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell Ave. Rehearsals begin at same location Sun., Jan. 13, 3:15 p.m. also at Immanuel UCC.

All voices are welcome though male voices are particularly needed. Info:

An Artist’s Life A Century in the Making, an exhibit of batiks and other works by Ethel Wirtshafter, 1909-2009, through Feb. 24, Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave. Hours/appointments: 773-881-1675 or

Support Group for Caregivers. Beverly/Morgan Park residents who are caregivers for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are welcome to join a free support group Tues., Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m., Smith Village at 2320 W. 113th Pl. In an open discussion led by Diane Morgan, Smith Village social service director of long-term care, participants can address issues such as sun-downing, wandering, memory loss and more. Reservations: 773-474-7300 or

Election Judges Needed. The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking persons to serve as election judges for the municipal election, Tues., Feb. 26. Election judges are responsible for the conduct of elections at each polling place. For details on eligibility and requirements, and to apply to become an election judge, visit

CAPS Meetings. All area residents are encouraged to get involved in CAPS meetings. For information, call the 22nd District CAPS office, 312-745-0620, email at, or stop by the 22nd District Police Station, 1900 W. Monterey. Court Advocacy Subcommittee, Wed., Jan. 9, 1:30 p.m. 22nd District Police Station. Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Thurs., Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. 22nd District Police Station.

Parenting the iGen Seminar. Mother McAuley High School and Smart Girl Society, Inc. will host, “Parenting the iGen,” Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m., at the school, 3737 W. 99th St. This free event is open to the community and will offer an in-depth look at how children are using social media, and tips and tools to help minimize negative experiences. RSVP

LSC Meetings. Kellogg School LSC, Thurs., Jan. 10, 6 p.m. Library, 9241 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2590; Clissold School LSC, Mon., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Auditorium, 2350 W. 110th Pl., 773-535-2560; Sutherland School LSC, Tues., Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. 10015 S. Leavitt St., 773-535-2580; Morgan Park High School LSC, Wed., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. Library, 1744 W. Pryor, 773-535-2550.

The Frunchroom, Volume XVI: Winter of our discotheque edition, features five stories Thurs., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The quarterly South Side reading series is organized and emceed by Scott Smith in conjunction with the Beverly Area Arts Alliance. The Frunchroom readers are Dennis Foley, author of The Blue Circus;” poet, novelist and playwright Angela Jackson;
Nneka Jones Tapia, a psychologist committed to justice; photographer, musician and writer Preston Thomas; and co-owner of The Quilter’s Trunk Lisa Wilberding. The event is sponsored by the Beverly Arts Center. $5 donation requested.

Coffee and Conversation. State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley invite area residents to share their thoughts at Coffee and Conversation Sat., Jan 19, 9 to 10 a.m., Dunkin Donuts, 10401 S. Western. Info: 773-445-8128 or

Need Computer Assistance? Cybernavigators are available at Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by appointment. Get one-on-one help learning how to use your computer. Stop in to set up an appointment or call 312-747-9673.

Programs Focus on Good Health. Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., offers a full schedule of classes, support groups, screenings and special programs aimed at helping area residents get and stay healthy. On the schedule this winter are CHEER (Choices, Humor, Enhancement, Education, Renewal), “Resolve to Get Involved,” Wed., Jan 16, 11 a.m., free; Babysitting Safe and Secure, a babysitting skills class for kids age 11 to 14, Mon., Jan 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $70; Healthy Heart Screenings, a full complement of vital tests, by appointment, $70; Cherished Angel Perinatal Loss Support Group for people coping with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, Sat., Jan., 19, 10:30 a.m., free; and Senior Social Club for independent active adults over age 60, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $2/month. Info and registration: 708-423-5774 or

Medicare 101. Do you have questions about Medicare Health Insurance or do you just want to know how it works?  Whether you’re turning 65 or a seasoned Medicare member, Medicare 101 presents information on Medicare changes for this year Wed., Jan 16, 12 to 2 p.m., Beverly Branch Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Info: 312-747-9673.


Platinum Adventures. Platinum Adventures programs and day trips are offered through Wintrust. This month’s adventures include “Meet Jackie Kennedy,” a first-person performance by Leslie Goddard set in 1964 and covering stories about the former First Lady’s marriage, work to restore the White House and struggle for privacy, Wed., Jan. 16, 2 p.m., First National Bank of Evergreen Park, 3960 W. 95th St., free; and a trip to the Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, Tues., Jan. 29, leaving from Ridge Academy, 2501 W. 103rd St., at 9:45 a.m., $75/members or $80/non-members. Info/reservations, Margie O’Connell, 773-298-4712 or

Castle Concert Series. Anne Harris plays the violin and dances Sat., Jan. 19, 7 p.m., Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. To sample her music, visit The concert is the next in the series of folk music performances at the historic Givins Castle and Heritage Gallery. A $20 donation is suggested with proceeds going toward maintenance of the Castle. Info: 773-719-7059.


Brother Rice High School Trivia Night. Alumni Moms will host the 7th Annual Trivia Night Sat., Jan. 26, Brother Rice High School Carmody Center, 99th and Pulaski. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia begins at 7.  $20 per person. Tickets/ info:

Preparations Underway for 2019 Crystal Heart Ball Gala. The Crystal Heart Ball, the premier fundraising event for Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH), will be held Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 at the Field Museum. The theme for the black tie gala is Starry Night and proceeds will benefit Interventional Radiology Services at LCMH.  Crystal Heart Ball guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Food For Thought and music stylings by Maggie Speaks – Talk of the Town Big Band. The Ball will honor Jim McKeever – Kevin Dowling Scholarship Fund and Christmas Without Cancer. Uzma and Hamid Nazeer, D.O., and Lindsay and Chris Vandenberg are 2019 chair couples.  For more call the LCMH Foundation, 708-229-5447 or visit







Cherished Angels Brings Solace to Grieving Parents

By Abby Johnson 

They are Angel Moms and Angel Dads. Once a month, they gather at Little Company of Mary Hospital’s (LCMH) Family Birth Center, 2800 W. 95th St., for the Cherished Angel monthly perinatal loss support group. This is a safe zone, a place where the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillborn or infant death can be felt- and grieved.  

Dr. Kathryn Gardner, a volunteer on the LCMH Perinatal Loss Committee, leads these sessions. She is a psychologist who helps women cope with fertility, pregnancy and perinatal loss. The grief and anger that follows a perinatal loss can be overwhelming, she said, adding that Cherished Angels provides a needed outlet. 

“People don’t know what to do when this kind of thing happens to them,” Gardner said. “They’re experiencing such turmoil that just taking the step to look for help can be too much.” 

Gardner believes every woman should receive specialized care. When LCMH contacted Gardner with their idea for the Cherished Angels program, she was thrilled and immediately hopped on board. It was the perfect opportunity to show parents that there is hope, and that peace can be found. 

This month is especially important for the Cherished Angels. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, a good time for spreading the message that resources are available.  

“It’s common to feel lonely after experiencing something like this,” she said. “This group helps show the Angel Moms and Angel Dads that they’re not alone. Other people are going through the same thing. There are others who understand.” 

Even those who aren’t comfortable talking openly about their pain are welcome at the coping sessions, said Gardner.  

“If you’re someone who just wants to listen, that’s fine, too,” she said. “Everyone is welcome to speak as much or as little as they like.” 

This month’s Cherished Angels support group will take place on Thurs., Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the hospital’s West Pavilion. Guest speaker Rachael Sedor will discuss skills for coping with anxiety and anger, as well as her own experience with perinatal loss. 

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of Cherished Angels. Gardner’s main goal remains the same: To provide emotional support for parents during this difficult time. 

“I just want everyone to know that tranquility is within reach.”  

For more information, email 

Calling All Men

By Eileen McNichols

The men in our lives can be so busy taking care of home and family that they may neglect their own health. Studies show that men make only two-thirds as many healthcare provider visits as women do. Some men who know (or at least strongly suspect) that they have a problem, may suffer in silence, afraid to find out something is wrong. Others may attribute changes in physical health to aging, and accept symptoms that could easily be relieved as a normal part of life. These behaviors can have a negative effect on quality of life.  

Take prostate health for example.  The prostate gland surrounds the male urethra. It becomes enlarged with advancing age leading to obstruction of the urinary system, a condition known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). More than 30 million men suffer from BPH. Symptoms include sleepless nights and urinary problems, loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life.  

There are a few lifestyle changes that can help manage mild symptoms of BPH.  Relax and allow plenty of time to urinate. Drink fluids throughout the day. During the night, if you awaken frequently to urinate, limit your fluid intake in the evening and empty your bladder before bedtime. Avoid drinking alcohol. It is a bladder irritant and can make you urinate more often. If possible, avoid medicines that can make urination difficult, such as nonprescription antihistamines, decongestants (including nasal sprays), and allergy pills. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about all of the medications you take. 

Many men fear that treatment for their urinary symptoms will lead to erectile dysfunction. The urologists at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) have treatment options that can preserve sexual function while at the same time relieve the urinary problems associated with BPH.    

Another concern that some men express is that the symptoms they experience are related to prostate cancer. Prostate cancer usually grows very slowly, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. It can often be found before symptoms start by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man’s blood. Another way to screen for prostate cancer is the digital rectal exam in which the doctor actually feels the prostate gland.  Want more information about your personal risk factors for prostate cancer? Visit to take a free online test offered by LCMH. 

Top Programs in July 

Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St.  

Information/registration: Health Education Center at708 423 5774.  

Health Academy: Kidney Health with nephrologist Veeda Landeras., MD, Mon., July 9, 11 a.m.  Free. North Pavilion. Reservation required. 

Reflexology with certified reflexologist, Mon. and Wed., Health Education Center, West Pavilion. This healing modality stimulates sensitive sensory cells to specific points in areas on the feet, hands, or ears to send the brain that impact the muscles and internal organs. $50 per session. Call for appointment.  

Lung Cancer Screening, Sat., July 14, 8 a.m. to noon, Outpatient Care Center, 6700 W. 95th St. State of the art screening includes a low dose CT scan; must meet criteria from the American Lung Association. $125. No doctor’s order required.  

Orthopedic knee/hip screening, Thurs., July 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Health Education Center, West Pavilion. 10 minute screening for people considering joint replacement surgery. Free. Reservation required. 


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is something that can strike fear in the hearts of parents.

By Eileen McNichols, Director of Community Health and Pastoral Care Services 

ASD is a developmental disorder that usually appears in early childhood. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition (DSM-5) defines ASD as a disorder that includes communication difficulty, restricted behavior and interference with life activities. 

The severity of symptoms varies greatly.  

Although ASD is not something a child outgrows, it is treatable. The most important piece of information to know about ASD is that the earlier it is identified and intervention begins, the better the outcome for the child.  

There is no known cause of autism.  

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) identifies five behaviors that warrant further evaluation of young children: 

Child does not babble or coo by 12 months. 

Child does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months. 

Child does not say single words by 16 months. 

Child does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months. 

Child has any loss of any language or social skill at any age. 

If a child exhibits any of these behaviors it does not necessarily mean that child has ASD. Regular follow up with a primary care provider who can track a child’s development and help to identify any areas of concern is critical for a child’s wellbeing. If you have any concerns about the children in your life, talk to their primary care provider. Remember, the earlier ASD is identified and intervention begins, the better the outcome for the child.  

Little Company of Mary Hospital has a team of experienced pediatric providers along with the presence of University of Chicago pediatric subspecialists to monitor and address any health pediatric concerns you may have about the children in your life. For a full list of children’s health specialists visit  

Top Programs in June 

Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St. Info/registration: 708-423-5774. 

In Balance: The Ups and Downs of Blood Pressure, presented by Charles Lawler, MD, Thurs., June 7, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., North Pavilion Link, Room N1703. Free. 

Health Academy: The Bottom Line on Women’s Health, presented by gynecologist Marjorie Michel, MD, Mon., June 11, 11 a.m. to noon, North Pavilion Link, Room N1703. Free.  

Family Fun Nights: music, activities, food and fun for young families at neighborhood Metra stations, Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m., June 14, 91st Street Station/Maggie Cosme Park; June 21, 99th Street Station; and June 28, 111th Street Station/Bohn Park. Events are held weather-permitting. Bring chairs and blankets. Free admission. Look for details in this issue of The Villager.  

Wake Up Call Screening, Sat., June 23, 7:30 a.m. to noon, by appointment. Assess your risk for heart disease and stroke. Includes comprehensive labs, ultrasound screening of abdominal aorta and carotid arteries, peripheral vascular screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation and more.  LCMH Cancer Center. $155 ($4,000 value). Appointments required.  

On Your Mark… Get Set… BAPA’s 41st Annual Ridge Run is May 28

By Abby Johnson

Rescue your running shoes and jogging shorts from underneath that suffocating pile of hats and gloves – it’s time to get ready for Beverly Area Planning Association’s annual Ridge Run on Memorial Day, Mon., May 28. For the 41st consecutive year participants will race through the historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood to the sound of whoops and hollers from those on the sidelines. After the race, participants and spectators alike are invited to stay for the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade.

The Ridge Run is among Chicago’s favorite occasions. And with good reason: Few events express such a strong sense of community, the hundreds of cheering spectators the embodiment of dedication to neighbors who have become friends and friends who have become family. It’s a symbol of belonging that, like the race, runs through the heart of our neighborhood.

Runners have multiple choices when it comes to distance. Options include 10K run, 5K run or untimed walk, Ridge Run Challenge 5K and 10K, and, for kids up to age 12, the untimed Youth Mile. (The wee ones can compete in the Tot Trot in the kids’ zone).

Running Up on Healthy Habits

For several years, Southtown Health Foods, 2100 W. 95th St., has been the sponsor of the Ridge Run Youth Mile. The family-owned market has been a community staple since 1962, and the store’s manager, Katie Mahler-Speh says the business’s decision to be a sponsor lies in its desire to give back to the community that has been so welcoming over the past five decades.

“Being healthy is important,” Mahler-Speh said. “It’s important for individuals in the community and the community itself.”

The Youth Mile, said Mahler Speh, is the perfect opportunity to instill healthy habits in children while they’re still young. Being active is a necessity for being healthy, and it’s best to start those healthy habits as early as possible, she said.

Race Schedule

The Ridge Run begins with the 10K at 8 a.m. followed by the Youth Mile at 8:10 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m. A post-race party will feature the Runners Award Ceremony, along with food, beer and children’s activities, including a bouncy house, petting zoo and TotTrot.

Participants can register online at through May 27, but registration must be completed by May 3 to guarantee receiving a T-shirt. Advance registration and packet pickup is open May 24 through 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Running Excels, 10328 S. Western Ave., and May 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ridge Park 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at Ridge Park. Race details and information are available at under Events.

Runners will receive finisher medals, as well as goody bags and runner refreshments. A post-race festival at Ridge Park is open for participants and spectators includes a Kids’ Zone with jump house, petting zoo and Tot Trot; team town; runner awards; food and beverages available for purchase; and more.

Little Company of Mary Returns as Presenting Sponsor

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers is presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run, and generously provides the day’s health necessities, like the Ridge Run doctor and first aid tent, along with free on-site blood pressure checks and general health information. Children are welcome to learn about healthy lifestyles. Runners will receive a free cooling towel courtesy of Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park and has been a vital health resource for the surrounding community for nearly 90 years. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality through its revolutionary medical technologies and services both at its home and satellite locations and was recently named among best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor Dr. Ginny Hendricks is returning for her 4th year as the Ridge Run doctor. She practices Family Medicine at LCM Medical Group and is fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine. Her skills and interests make her a great fit for the Ridge Run.

“I practice Sports Medicine including the care of the athlete (concussions, strains and sprains, and sports physicals), joint health (backs, knees, shoulders, etc), fracture care, and exercise recommendations in patients of all ages,” Dr. Hendricks related for a LCMH profile. “I enjoy helping people be as healthy and active as they can be whether that’s achieving control of someone’s diabetes or getting a high school pitcher back to playing after some elbow pain or a recreational runner back pounding the pavement after a stress fracture.”

Tricia Deskovich, Advanced Nurse Practitioner (APN) with Little Company of Mary’s Medical Group, will be returning to assist Dr. Hendricks at the Ridge Run’s LCMH First Aid Tent.

Dr. Hendricks attended Ross University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Indiana University/Methodist Hospital. Her fellowship in Sports Medicine was completed at Resurrection Hospital here in Chicago. As a runner herself, Dr. Hendricks especially enjoys being available at the Ridge Run to help if athletes need assistance.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

While the Ridge Run is no doubt an exciting kick-off to summer, what should be most prominent is Memorial Day itself: The day in which we honor those who lost their lives fighting for the American freedom whose reign is sometimes taken for granted. One of the oldest community parades in Chicago – the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade – does just that. This year’s parade will be led by members of the American Gold Star Mothers, women who have lost a son or daughter in military service. The non-denominational, non-profit, politically unaffiliated organization was founded in June of 1928 and works to perpetuate the memory of those whose lives were sacrificed in our wars and to aid the men and women who were wounded or incapacitated during hostilities.

Community members are encouraged to join BAPA, parade participants, community leaders and families for the laying of the wreath, color guard and Memorial Day Ceremony at Ridge Park at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., 110th and Longwood Dr., and follows the last of the runners back to Ridge Park. Everyone is invited to march. Applications are available at

Road Home Program is Parade Presenting Sponsor

The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush University Medical Center is presenting sponsor of this year’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade. The Road Home Program understands that transitioning from military to civilian life is a challenge. That’s why they provide confidential support, counseling and veteran health services to help families cope with the invisible wounds of war. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Modie Lavin is the Senior Family Community Outreach Coordinator. She can be reached at 312-942-8354.

In conjunction with the Ridge Run, donations from the races will be made to Special Olympics Chicago/Mount Greenwood Park and to the Ridge Park Advisory Council for the restoration of the Ridge Park Field House.

Thank You Sponsors

Ridge Run sponsors help to ensure the success of the event. Thank you to Little Company of Mary Hospital, Mike Haggerty Buick GMC Volkswagen of Oak Lawn, Beverly Bank, Road Home Program, Southtown Health Foods, CIBC, County Fair, 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Marquette Bank, State Rep. Fran Hurley, State Sen. Bill Cunningham,  Chicago Park District, McCready Law, 670 Score Sports Radio, State Farm Agent John Harrell, TreadFit Beverly, Chicago Recovery Room, Calabria Imports, Running Excels, The Beverly Review, 100.3SheChicago, Trace Ambulance, Marathon Sportswear,  Beverly Records, Cork & Kerry, Haribo, and Original Rainbow Cone.

For more information about participating in or volunteering for the Ridge Run or Memorial Day Parade, contact the Beverly Area Planning Association, 773-233-3100,  bapa@bapa,org or





The Power of Pink: Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Takes 19th Stroll Through Neighborhood on May 13

The 19th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk (BBCW) will take place on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 13, 8 a.m., starting at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Walk planners are expecting more than 14,000 participants to step up and show their care for breast cancer patients, survivors and family members and to raise money to support Little Company of Mary Hospital’s award-winning Comprehensive Breast Health Center in its important work of healing and helping.

Over the past 18 years, the BBCW has raised more than $5.5 million, funding breast health programming and deepening LCMH’s impact on patients, survivors and their families.

Top funding priorities for the 2018 Beverly Breast Cancer Walk include: support to expand breast health programming, assistance through the BBCW Crisis Fund to those who may be in financial crisis during their treatment, and empowering survivors to thrive.

It’s an amazing experience to be among the thousands of men, women and children walking through Beverly/Morgan Park on Mother Day morning, commemorating the countless wives, daughters and mothers who have fought breast cancer. The walk began 19 years ago when three pioneering women came together on Mother’s Day to walk in remembrance of loved ones and keep the fight against breast cancer at the forefront of people’s hearts and minds.

Nearly two decades ago, area resident Carol Moriarty sought treatment at Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center to aid her in her battle with breast cancer. After a successful plan of treatments, Moriarty found herself cancer-free with a new profound vision for life.

In 1999, Carol Moriarty, an area resident and breast cancer patient who was treated at Little Company of Mary Hospital, worked with her sister Nancy Mulcahy and longtime friend Lisa O’Brien, to give Southland residents a local option to walk in support of the fight against breast cancer. The walk quickly grew into a community-wide event. A talented group of committee members donate their time and talents to make the BBCW a bigger and bigger success each year. These efforts have helped to save countless lives.

New this year, people can shop for Beverly Breast Cancer Walk apparel online. Options include sportswear such as long sleeve shirts and pants.

To participate in the 18th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk on Mother’s Day, register at www.BeverlyBreastCancerWalk.  Register early to receive a t-shirt with the $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Walk-day registration is $10 more for adults and $5 more for children 18 and under. T-shirt availability is not guaranteed for day-of registrants.

Walk-up registration and T-shirt pick-up will be offered at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., Cancer Center/main lobby entrance, Sat., May 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wed., May 9, 4 to 7 p.m., and Sat., May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 pm.


Your Health – News from Little Company of Mary Hospital

LCMH: Baby-Friendly Place Where Healthy Mothers Bloom

The Family Birth Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, was recently re-accredited as a Baby-Friendly organization. Baby-Friendly USA assists hospitals in giving mothers information, confidence and skills to initiate and continue breastfeeding, as well as information on formula feeding. LCMH is one of only 19 Baby-Friendly hospitals in Illinois.

Three International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are on staff at LCMH, as well as 12 Certified Lactation Counselors. The goal is to offer education to mothers throughout every stage of pregnancy and post-partum as well. Mothers can find information on childbirth preparation, and infant care support, in addition to a breastfeeding support group led by a lactation consultant.

The Women’s Center for Life and Health at LCMH is celebrating with a free motherhood event, “Bloom Into a Healthy Motherhood and Beyond,” on Wed., Apr. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is geared toward every woman, but specifically those who are seeking information on getting pregnant, being pregnant, and caring for themselves after giving birth.

Women of all ages are invited to attend and can choose to hear the speaker they are most interested in; topics include information from pre-motherhood, post-partum care, and beyond. Each presentation is about 20 minutes in length, and guests will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the providers after each presentation.

Additionally, light refreshments will be served, and women will have the opportunity to engage in massage and yoga demonstrations. However, women who are currently pregnant must bring a note from their healthcare provider clearing them for prenatal massages. Register for yoga or massage by Wed., Apr. 11 by calling 708-423-3070.

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For nearly 90 years, LCMH has held a long tradition of serving the needs of women and their families. At LCMH, you will find a compassionate environment focused on family-centered maternity care philosophies, with the latest medical technology to provide only the best for you and your baby.

The Women’s Center for Life and Health provides women’s healthcare needs conveniently under one roof – from routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community.


A Call to Action for All Summer Chickens

By Eileen McNichols MSN., RN., Director community Health and Pastoral Care Services

Those of us who are summer chickens – versus spring chickens — start to develop some health needs that are really not easy to talk about. For example, who wants to talk about bowel habits? When we are fall and winter chickens, it’s not that big of deal and really not unusual to share information about such topics.  But, just like teenagers, we summer chickens like to keep certain topics close to the vest.

March was Colon Cancer Awareness month and you may have seen public service announcements on the television or read more information about colon health in the paper, online and in magazines.  Colon cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer. Unfortunately, it is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.  The good news is that six out of ten deaths caused by colon cancer could be avoided with early detection and treatment.

Screening is the only way to detect this cancer in its earliest and most curable stage. The gold standard for colon cancer screening is colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, your doctor uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon).  This allows your doctor to find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—and remove them before they develop into cancer.  Colonoscopy also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when it can be cured.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older. If you are a “summer chicken” (50 years and counting), it’s time to start screening for colorectal cancer. If you are at greater than average risk for colon cancer, talk to your doctor about when screening is appropriate for you. Not sure? Visit and take a free colon cancer risk test. There is also a self-referral program for colonoscopy. For more information and to schedule a colonoscopy visit and select “Shedule a Test”.

The next time you think of that old joke “Why did the chicken cross the road,” here’s hoping you pause and think, “If it’s a summer chicken he’ll be going for a screening that could save his life.”

Top Programs in April

Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St. Info/registration: 708-423-5774

New: Hernia Screening with Justin Sobinsky, MD, LCMH general surgeon with certification in minimally invasive hernia repair, Thurs., Apr. 5, 3 to 5 p.m.  Bulging or pain in the abdomen or groin are symptoms of hernia. Little Company of Mary Hospital, Health Education Center, West Pavilion.  Free. Registration required.

Adult Health Fair, Sat., Apr. 7, 7:30 to 10 a.m. Registration required by Apr. 1. Fair covers comprehensive labs, BMI, blood pressure, and take home colon cancer screening kit, as well as information about services from Little Company of Mary for you and your family.  Appointment times for admission will be given at time of registration.

Bloom into Healthy Motherhood and Beyond, a special event for women, Wed., Apr. 18, 5 to 9 p.m. Meet LCMH women’s specialists and enjoy some light refreshments. Little Company of Mary Hospital Conference, 1st floor. Free. Registration required; call 708-423-3070.

Beloved Visionary Retires from Little Company of Mary Hospital after 53 Years of Dedicated Service

Joan Murphy recently retired from Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) after 53 years of dedicated service. Murphy spent her time at LCMH changing the lives of women with her unique blend of Christian humor, faith-based nursing and love of life. Murphy is a registered nurse with an MS in Management and a PhD in Behavioral Psychology. Murphy served at LCMH as an ICU Nurse, Director of Community Health and, most recently, Leadership Mentoring Specialist.

During her time as Director of Community Health, Murphy cultivated many relationships and health and wellness opportunities for women and the community through the hospital’s Health Educations Center and the Women’s Wellness Consultants. Murphy began teaching community wellness classes in the early 1970s, which included disease prevention, diet, medication, stress management and exercise. She knew 30 years ago that the female presence in the household was the most influential in the family’s healthcare decisions. These programs were so well recognized that LCMH received national acknowledgment from the American Hospital Association. Murphy’s efforts also were awarded by the State of Illinois with the Illinois Governor’s Council on Health and Fitness Award in 1991.

Over the years, Murphy and her community wellness team created numerous programs for the entire family. Murphy has been an innovator of community health and continues to utilize her PhD in Behavioral Psychology, focusing on humor and its powerful impact on health. Murphy developed CHEER (Choices, Humor, Enhancement, Education, Renewal), which is a free program that works by bringing community members who have life-threatening diseases together to interact and heal through laughter and positive attitude.

In 1985, Murphy developed LCMH’s first annual Women’s Wellness Weekend. This popular event gave women a chance to get away for the weekend and be in the company of other women, focusing on themselves, renewing their spirits and learning better ways to care for themselves and their families. Murphy also was instrumental in creating an annual Women’s Event at LCMH that features an expert physician who focuses on women’s health issues.

Murphy transitioned to her role as Leadership Mentoring Specialist in the fall 2015. She offered positive support and provided both individual and cohort counseling sessions to leaders in the LCMH organization.

In addition to her career at the hospital, Murphy is involved with other laity supporting the work of religious women of the Little Company of Mary. As a Little Company of Mary Associate, Murphy carries on the mission of Venerable Mary Potter, founder of the Little Company of Mary Sisters, in the Sisters’ institutions, in their communities and in their own lives. She also is a national public speaker and has been a past presenter for the American Hospital Association, American Association of Nurse Executive Women, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association.

“Murphy brings love and laughter to all who know her,” said Mary Jo Quick, Vice President of Mission and Spirituality at LCMH. “Even through nursing a family member through a chronic illness, she never revealed that her day’s events might be the slightest bit stressful. Murphy is known for reminding others to ‘let your performance be bigger than your applause.’ She has touched the lives of thousands and has played a large role in ensuring the southwest Chicago area is a healthier place for women to grow and succeed.”

Murphy is a loving mother of three and grandmother of seven. Her children Colleen, Peggy and Vince are in the helping professions of special education, nursing and social work. Since the passing of her beloved husband Vince nearly a decade ago, her four-legged love, Oliver, has given her a new “leash” on life and many laughs.

This Way to Running the 5K! How to Start a School Running Club

By Kristin Boza

Coming off of their big success in winning the Ridge Run Running Club Challenge trophy in 2017, Christ the King School’s running club, the CK Roadrunners, is gearing up for another fun training season. CK running club parent volunteer Bridget Segroves offers a variety of tips to get a running club started at any school.

Anyone Can Do It!

Parent volunteers need to oversee the club, but they do not need any running or coaching experience; simply email Margot Holland,, and ask for a free training guide.  Segroves, however, was a four-time national qualifier in cross country at Saint Xavier University and coached the Marist High School girls for seven years.

“I believe that everyone can run, and running is a lifetime sport,” Segroves said. “Kids can run by themselves, and use running to get in shape for another sport. In high school, there are unlimited spots on the cross country and track teams, so students can continue to compete and participate throughout their teens.”

 ‘Together’ Time + ‘Me’ Time

Segroves was able to mobilize the CK running club by making participation productive for the volunteers. “I ask for student non-athletes and athletes, parents trying to fit in that workout, moms pushing strollers, and walkers. The parents come to run, walk, act as crossing guards, and ride bikes to monitor different groups,” she said. “It’s a way for students and parents to exercise and spend time together.”

Team Smiles Can Take You Miles

On the day of the Ridge Run, school running clubs can set up a base camp in Team Town as a place to gather and stretch before and after the run. “I love to see the teamwork between the kids. I am always shocked by their improvement, and I admire their endless energy,” Segroves said.

Training Tips

  1. Offer participation to a wide variety of students. The CK running club is open to students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
  2. Don’t compete with spring sports schedules. Segroves offers an open door policy for students to drop in when they’re available.
  3. Use email and text messages to stay in touch with parents about practices, especially when the weather is bad.
  4. Get creative. Create different routes, play some music, or create a scavenger hunt to get the kids running. The CK Roadrunners also have one training session with the Special Olympics athletes.

Email BAPA at for a free 5K Ridge Run training program, created by Jenny Harkins, owner of Treadfit.

LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL & HEALTH CARE CENTERS is presenting sponsor of the Ridge Run.


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