Northbrook charity goal is a well-honed drive
Steve Goldsher of Northbrook at Little Louie's. Goldsher is pals with owner Pete Weiss whose daughter is being treated for a brain tumor. A June 25 golf research benefit is planned. | Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 23, 2012 6:08AM
The longest day of golf has a hole-in-goal of shortening the distance to finding a cure for pediatric brain tumors.
Green Acres Country Club of Northbrook at 916 Dundee Road will host 24 players Monday who will take a swing at 1,400 combined holes of golf to raise $60,000 for pediatric tumor research via the Chicago philanthropicorganization Partnership for Cures.
“There is a personal connection,’ said Steve Goldsher of Northbrook, a print procurement consultant and also Partnership for Cures (volunteer) executive board member.
“Every year (18 year history), we choose a research project to fund with this year being for recurrent pediatric brain tumors.
“This year’s research project was inspired by my relationship with the Wehrs and Pete (Weiss) and his family.”
Both the Weiss and Wehr families have children receiving brain tumor interventions.
Collin Wehr, 11, a Northbrook Dist. 27 student, is recovering from chemotherapy for medulloblastoma, a brainstem tumor. Collin has endured hearing loss, surgeries, radiation and a spinal fusion.
Collin’s sister Ramsay will be a Glenbrook North High School sophomore. His parents are Ray and Joan Wehr.
Alexa Weiss, 5, a kindergartner, is the daughter of Jamie and Pete Weiss of Highland Park. Pete owns Northbrook Little Louie’s restaurant at 1342 Shermer Road. Alexa has one brother, Noah, 7, a second-grader.
“Alexa is doing amazing,” said her father. “She just completed her proton radiation treatments at Procure in Warrenville.
“She is going to camp (this week) and (is) looking forward to enjoying her summer.
“She is my hero,” said Pete Weiss.
Said Ray and Joan Wehr of their son Collin: “We continue to battle the effects of long term chemotherapy, the most common method for defeating recurrent brain tumors.
“It was amazing for us to understand that given all the advances of modern medicine, the majority of pediatric cancer treatments are still experimental.
“We have seen the negative side of these trials and are placing our hope with the research that will lead to a better cure rate.
The Wehrs added: “Collin is showing the wear of almost two years of chemotherapy.
“Our latest scan showed stability which is great news, unfortunately, the regimen he is on has weakened his immune system.”
Goldsher and his wife Linda have lived in Northbrook since 1989. Their children are Leah, 21, a University of Denver 2012 accounting graduate, Adam, 17, a Glenbrook North High School senior, and Ryan, 15, a GBN sophomore.
“Like most families,” said Goldsher, “we are blessed with not having the issues the Wehrs and the Weisses are going through.”
This is one reason why Goldsher, a minority partner in a business sold in 1998, is motivated to help others facing unimaginable challenges.
Goldsher is a University of Illinois-honed (1983) certified public accountant.
“So I made 2012 as my business mission to help as many as I can,” said Goldsher, seated at Little Louie’s, which will cater the June 25 golf lunch.
Northbrook Marcello’s North restaurant, which hosted a “Because of Collin” fundraiser last October, will provide the outing dinner.
Does the volunteer in Goldsher feel like a good person?
“I m trying to get there,” he said, laughing.
The sounds of the Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” played overhead in an east Little Louie’s dining room while Goldsher spoke softly about serious matters.
Said Pete Weiss: “I feel very grateful to have such support from the Northbrook community.
“All of the relationships that have been formed over the course of 13 years at Little Louie’s are so special.”
All money raised June 25 assists a Seattle Children’s Hospital pilot clinical trial with a goal to repurpose FDA-approved drugs for targeted therapeutic use for recurrent pediatric brain tumors.
Added Ray and Joan Wehr about Collin: “His spirits are improving.
“The support that Northbrook continues to give us is simply amazing. To think that an 11-year-old little guy who has been through so much can serve as the inspiration for a community to do so many wonderful and supportive efforts is a testament to the character and compassion that exist here,” said Collin’s parents.
Support Partnership for Cures by emailing Steve Goldsher at email@example.com. Businesses are encouraged to donate gift certificates and more.