Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fundraiser set for former Lee employee

Greg Stewart worked at The Southern Illinoisan for nearly 20 years before entering law school. He graduated in 2007 and launched a new career: Lawyer. He lost his first case. He won one soon after that. He became a fixture at early morning dockets and night courts in the St. Louis area. And then, in September 2009, he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.

Stewart began chemotherapy treatment, and spent time in the hospital. He's out now, but his leukemia is not yet in remission. He will undergo more chemotherapy treatments in the coming months, and eventually will need a bone marrow transplant.

In the meantime, Stewart is getting back to work. He lost 40 pounds while in the hospital; he can't afford to buy a suit to wear for court appearances. And then there are the medical expenses.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently wrote about Stewart; read that story here. (The publication was wrapping up a year-long series on Stewart when he was diagnosed with leukemia.)

To help with expenses, Stewart's friends and colleagues have organized a trivia-night fundraiser on March 13 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in St. Louis.

I know this blog has several St. Louis readers -- I hope some of you can send photos and reports of success from the fundraiser.

(Via e-mail)

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