Fourteen-year-old Joseph Beilke is a fighter.
The Joliet teen, who attends Timber Ridge Middle School in the Plainfield School District, has battled neutropenia since he was 17 months old. The disease causes abnormally low white blood cell counts, weakening the immune system.
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In December 2011, Joseph and and his family were hit with another whammy. The teen was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, known as “preleukemia,” which prevents the bone marrow from making enough blood cells and can leady to leukemia.
The eighth-grader also had a bone marrow transplant last April.
A hockey fundraiser, Breakaway for Beilke, is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Rocket Ice Arena, 180 Canterbury Ln. in Bolingbrook. All of the proceeds will go toward the teen's medical costs.
The cost is $5 for adults (age 12) and over and $5 for kidsd (age 11 and under). Cost of skate rental is $3.
The event will include raffles, refreshments and music.