For Charities Sake

The Bears will play a charity basketball game against the Green Bay Packers at 3 p.m. May 19 at Notre Dame High School in Niles.

Among Bear players expected to compete are Philip Daniels, Brian Urlacher, Marty Booker, David Terrell and Anthony Thomas. Packers expected to play include Leroy Butler and Darren Sharper.

General admission tickets for the game are $15; VIP tickets, which will include a chance to meet the players and special floor seating, are $100. The game will benefit Athletes for Kids and the Leroy Butler Foundation.

Notre Dame High School is at 7600 W. Dempster in Niles.

For tickets and further information, call 847-647-9304.

Weekend Wrap Up - Friday's seventh annual Bears Care Gala was billed as "Brian's Song … So That Others May Live To Sing." The evening benefited Bears Care, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, which supports breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Running back Brian Piccolo played for the Bears for only four seasons, and his statistics were not remarkable. But the fact that his number, 41, is one of the few retired in the Bears' storied history, and that his name is still revered by football fans, is a testimony to the remarkable values Brian brought both to the game and to life.

Piccolo was just 26 years old when he died of a rare form of cancer, embryonal cell carcinoma, on June 16, 1970. He left behind his wife, Joy, and daughters Lori, Traci and Kristi. He also left a legacy of love that was recounted in Jeannie Morris' best-selling biography, "Brian Piccolo, A Short Season," and in the classic film, "Brian's Song."

Following Piccolo's death, Brian's friends in Chicago established the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund to raise money for cancer research. It's a fitting legacy for a man who battled his illness the way he played football: refusing to give up until the final whistle blew.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, please contact Joyce Walsh at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, 1700 W. Van Buren, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60612, (312) 942-6894.

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