LEMONT – Life was turned upside down in early August for Lemont assistant football coach Greg Banner. That's when Banner and his wife, Mary, learned their daughter Stefanie had been diagnosed with nephroblastoma – a cancer of the kidneys that typically occurs in children.
Stefanie had surgery the day after she was diagnosed. Since then, she has undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Though she still is fairly early in her treatment, her family is hopeful that she will make a full recovery.
The families of Lemont’s football coaches are looking to support the Banners with Make a Difference Day, which will be held on Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Lemont-Richards football games.
To help offset the Banners’ medical costs, the families of Lemont’s football coaches will be taking collections during the sophomore and varsity football games. The sophomore game is slated to start at 5 p.m., and the varsity contest will follow at approximately 7 p.m.
Community members who would like to contribute to Make a Difference Day but cannot attend the games can still help. Donations may be dropped off in the Pupil Personnel Services Office at Lemont High School, 800 Porter St., from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. The PPS Office is located inside the school's main entrance.