TEAM HEATHER
$13,225 raised
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6 Years running
It is time to help Heather keep up the momentum! As many of you know, Heather suffered a massive ischemic stroke on March 8th. She has a long road to recovery and is showing her true strength and spirit by working tremendously hard in ...
It is time to help Heather keep up the momentum! As many of you know, Heather suffered a massive ischemic stroke on March 8th. She has a long road to recovery and is showing her true strength and spirit by working tremendously hard in rehabilitation. She will have additional surgery ahead and needs our help to meet her medical expenses and continue her vital rehabilitation. Please give whatever you can at this time (you can select "other" under amount to enter a different amount than what is shown) and let her know that we are all behind her 110%! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! A bit about Heather: Heather Kadlec had just turned 41 and had a promising career as an educational administrator when she suffered an ischemic stroke to her left brain. In many ways, she was at the apex of her life. Heather’s bright personality and generosity has connected to countless friends through work, sports and family connections. She has also dedicated much of her life to education, organizing clubs and mentoring students at her two schools in Brookfield’s District 95. The support from all those Heather connected with throughout her life have already provided much inspiration. Born in Oak Park in 1970, Heather attended Horace Mann Elementary School, Hawthorne Junior High School, and OPRF High School. During that time, she already envisioned herself as an educator, providing mock lessons to her younger brother and friends. During high school, she served as photographic editor for the Tabula yearbook and as a member of the school service organization, Tau Gamma. In athletics, she was a pitcher and shortstop on the OPRF varsity softball team, and she finished second in state in tennis doubles, helping her team win the state championship. After high school, she attended the University of Iowa and Columbia University in Chicago, majoring in communications. For a number of years, she worked as a media buyer in the city. But life behind a cubicle was not quite right for someone with a personality like Heather’s that wanted something more fulfilling. She went on to get her Master’s degree in education from DePaul University and took a pay cut from her previous position to become an elementary teacher. She had found her true passion teaching and motivating children, using her creativity to make learning fun. Eventually, Heather’s success as a teacher encouraged her to pursue another degree, getting a Type 75 certificate, allowing her to be a school administrator. She served first as assistant principal at S.E. Gross Middle School in Brookfield‐LaGrange Park, then most recently as curriculum director at that school as well as Brook Park Elementary School. She had hoped to continue her studies to get her doctorate in education in the near future. Heather has been living in Oak Park with her fiancé, Jonathan Shack, with whom she has enjoyed traveling and playing team sports together with. She has often revealed to family and friends her joy at the prospect of their future together. With her four nephews, two brothers, parents, and friends, Heather greatly enjoys playing all kinds of games, both outdoor and indoor. She has hosted many fun poker, wine‐tasting and Super Bowl parties over the years. She also has actively supported the Oak Park Animal Shelter, where she adopted her dog Maggie and cat Tommy. Heather’s smile and positive outlook on life will certainly help her get through this difficult stage.
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