Local resident holds fundraiser at Eddie Gaedel’s for American Cancer Society

By on September 20, 2013

Eddie Gaedel’s carries on Paisano’s tradition of community support
ELBURN—Jim Sobucki’s dad is a 14-year cancer survivor. So when it came to choosing a charity to raise money for while running in the Chicago Marathon, the answer was easy—the American Cancer Society.

Eddie Gaedel’s Pub and Grill held a fundraiser on Sept. 7 to support Jim in his effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Owners Annette and Dick Theobald said that 10 percent of the day’s sales will go to the ACS.

Jim is actually the third-generation Jim Sobucki. His father, Jim Sobucki Jr., had testicular cancer in 1999, and underwent two surgeries and six weeks of chemotherapy. Jim’s mom said her son doesn’t remember much about it except for the “fun” stuff. The family, maintaining their sense of humor through Jim Jr.’s illness, took to calling him “Mr. Clean” when he lost his hair to the chemo.

These days, there are more options for treatment that are more effective and less invasive, due to research such as the American Cancer Society supports.

Jim said the money he raises for the ACS will go toward additional cancer research, as well as helping to cover the cost of treatment, and meals and transportation for patients undergoing treatment.

“It’s a good cause,” Jim Jr. said. “I’m proud of him. Who doesn’t know someone who has had cancer?”

James Sobucki Sr. also had had cancer, as did Jim’s maternal grandfather.

The family said they are very grateful to the Theobalds, who are owners of Paisano’s Pizza, as well as Eddie Gaedel’s, for holding the fundraiser at their bar and grill. By all accounts, they had a great turn-out, and although Jim said he doesn’t yet know the total dollar amount raised, he is pleased with the number of people who came.

Jim is an avid runner, and when he is done with the Chicago Marathon, he said he will begin training again, and hopes compete in the Boston Marathon next year.

He was on the cross-country and track team in high school, and currently assists in coaching the teams at Aurora Central Catholic High School. Having completed a degree in sports management in 2012 from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, Jim currently works full-time at the Fox Valley Ice Arena. His dream job would be to work for the Chicago Blackhawks franchise someday.

Although this was the first fundraiser held at Eddie Gaedel’s, over the years, the Theobalds have supported numerous community organizations with fundraisers through Paisano’s Pizza. They hope to continue their tradition of supporting the community through Eddie Gaedel’s, and are already scheduled to host a fundraiser for the Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization Sunday, Oct. 27. Annette said they also have been contacted by several other Kaneland organizations about fundraisers for their groups.