Eatin’ for Heaton

Those around Chicago may have come across some of the recent articles on Rachel Heaton, a 2004 graduate of Geneva High School who passed away this past March while awaiting a liver transplant.

Rachel was diagnosed with a rare liver tumor when she was 3 1/2 and received her first liver tranplant in 1989 that helped her live another 18 years.

Rachel and her mother, Veronica, frequently spoke to parents and students, educating them about the importance of organ donation and registering to be a donor.

To honor Rachel and her dedication to supporting the issue, friends and family have organized a fundraiser and organ donor awareness program this coming Friday, called Eatin’ for Heaton.

The event will feature a dinner prepared by Geneva High School culinary students and a battle of the bands event to showcase student talent. Most importantly, student organizer, Lindsay Burcham, wants attendees to walk away from the event understanding the importance of organ donation. Representatives from Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network will be on hand to talk about organ donation and register attendees in the state’s new organ/tissue donor registry.

I have listed full details on the event below and you can read full stories on the event here:

Kane County Chronicle
Aurora Beacon-News


Eatin’ for Heaton
What: May 11 Fundraiser for the Rachel Heaton Fund and promotion of organ donation awareness

When: 5 to 9 p.m. May 11. Dinner is 5 to 8 p.m.; Battle of the Bands and volleyball tournament are 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave.

What: Dinner, silent auction, pie throwing and more

Cost: $10 adult dinner, $5 child dinner; $1 each pie throwing; $1 face painting; $2 Battle of the Bands, $2 volleyball tournament

For more information or for tickets, call (630) 463-3814.

To donate to the silent auction, call (630) 915-8585.

For information about organ donation, visit


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