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Keeping memories of Jeannie, and others lost to cancer, alive

Jeannie Hayes Jeannie Hayes
Jeannie and her niece, Tess Jeannie and her niece, Tess

Cancer affects a lot of lives, and here at 13 WREX, we know first hand.

Last November, we lost our dear friend and co-worker Jeannie Hayes to a rare form of leukemia. Friday, February 15, 2013, would have been her 30th birthday.

To honor her memory and the memory of so many other lives that have been lost to cancer in the Rockford community, WREX is teaming up with the Rockford Park District to raise money to purchase a bench dedicated to Jeannie and other victims of cancer.

The bench overlooks the Eclipse Lagoon outside the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. It's in the perfect location because Jeannie loved being outside (as long as it wasn't too cold) and loved animals, so she would have loved watching the ducks, swans, and other animals in and around the lagoon.

WREX's fundraising goal is $3,000 and it's easy to donate. Visit to make a contribution to Jeannie's bench, or find more information on how to honor your loved ones through a commemorative bench or tree. You can also call Lisa Alexander at the Rockford Park District Foundation, 815-987-1632.

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