What could be better than a really fun, very affordable, afternoon of amazing activities for the kids, with great food and prizes on a cold Sunday afternoon…with football on large flat-screen TVs??

Answer: The fact that this tax-deductible donation will go toward saving the life of one of our own little boys and so many children suffering with a deadly disease now!

We really hope you will join us this Sunday!Event Details:

The Lakeshore Athletic Club will be hosting: A Birthday Bash Against Batten: A Family Day of Play’ To Fight Rare Childhood Disease

Sunday, January 24, 1-4 pm (Chicago): Chicago families will be gathering at Lakeshore Athletic Club on Fullerton, to celebrate an incredibly inspiring effort which so many school children started this past Spring on behalf of one of their own, Jasper Duinstra. This fun afternoon of activities, sports, auction, food and prizes will also be a celebration of Jasper’s 5th Birthday. For only a $20 donation per child ($15 in advance), activities such as swimming, obstacle course runs, tennis, arts and crafts, basketball, and dance will be offered throughout the afternoon for children ages 3-10. There will be storytelling, face painting and Balloon animals as well and a Pokemon Trading Room will be set up for kids who want to trade cards. A silent auction will be held throughout the event, which will be MC’d by ABC anchor Ravi Baichwal and local vendors will be providing great food.

Jasper was diagnosed in March with a rare, fatal disease called Batten in which he is currently losing his ability to walk, to see, to speak and to think. At this point, children with Batten Disease are likely to lose their lives between the ages of 8 and 12. Nearly 20 Chicago schools: administrators, teachers, and families have supported their children’s citywide effort to change the fate for Jasper and other kids and in doing so, will now help children with other orphan diseases get more near-term treatments as well. By helping fund research that will likely stop the progression of this disease and others and by working to fast-track promising treatments legislatively, many children’s lives will be saved.

Best Buy, Jock’s Bar and Grill, Starbucks, Reinhart Food Service, NYC Bagel and Deli, Alpha Baking, Devil Dawgs, Trader Joes, Caffe Baci, and Uncle Sammy’s will be among those sponsoring this event, providing great prizes and food.

For more information and to buy tickets, please go to or one of the Lakeshore Athletic Club facilities.

IF you wish to volunteer to help with event, please contact: Alana Baum at 312-729-5212. (IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POKEMON TRADING ROOM-DON’T FORGET YOUR CARDS)

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