LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment

LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek was the 29-year old mother of two young boys when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away in April 2015 at the age of 31. Upon LeAnn’s first diagnosis with breast cancer, the Effingham community rallied their support around her and her two young sons. The boys were often given toys, such as Lego sets, to keep them occupied during LeAnn’s hospital stays. The generosity towards her sons inspired LeAnn to give back to her community in the same way.

Upon a request to her family, a fund was established to provide children of cancer patients with the same comfort her sons received during her cancer battles. LeAnn’s father Jim and stepmother Kathy honored her request by establishing the LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment with Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation.

The LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment will provide cancer patients with gift cards for their young children (age 18 and under). These children are often scared of hospitals and worried about their sick parents. Many times, birthday and holiday gifts, dining out and entertainment becomes a luxury that parents cannot afford due to the expense of cancer treatments. These gift cards are meant to help alleviate the child’s fear and relieve some of the financial burden felt by parents. The gift cards can be used for toys, meals and other forms of entertainment that can provide a distraction for the child whose parent is battling cancer. The gift cards will be distributed by the staff at the Effingham Crossroads Cancer Center.





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  • LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek’s legacy continues

    LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek’s legacy continues

    Jim and Kathy Schroeder and their grandsons, Will and Aiden, made their second distribution from the LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment when the family delivered 10 gift cards to Altamont Medical Clinic, providing children of cancer patients with much needed comfort and lightening the financial burden felt by their families.

  • Washington Savings Bank contributes to LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment

    Washington Savings Bank contributes to LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment

    On Friday, October 19 several employees of Washington Savings Bank participated in a “Wear Pink Day” to bring awareness to Breast Cancer for the month of October. Employees participating were encouraged to make a small monetary donation which the bank then matched, raising a grand total of $1,000 to help two local organizations.

  • LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek leaves legacy of giving back

    LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek leaves legacy of giving back

    Jim and Kathy Schroeder made their first contribution to benefit patients of Crossroads Cancer Center to honor the request of their daughter LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek.

  • LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Fund established to encourage children of cancer patients

    LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Fund established to encourage children of cancer patients

    LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek was the 30-year old mother of two young boys when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon LeAnn’s first diagnosis with breast cancer, the Effingham community rallied their support around her and her two young sons. The generosity towards her sons inspired LeAnn to give back to her community in the same way.