SM & SF Club
From left: Dr. Iftekhar Ahmad, medical director of oncology services at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Julie Cline, nurse manager of oncology services, Cyndy Lane, Jonna Lamm and Andy Lamm, members of the SM&SF Club, pose for a photo after a $10,000 donation was made by the social club to OSF. (Photo provided by Paul Acro/OSF HealthCare).
By Mary Sisk
Rock River Current
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ROCKFORD —  The SM & SF Club donated $10,000 to OSF HealthCare on Thursday to support the Patricia D. Pepe Center for Cancer Care.

The donation is part of the social club’s “Kick-In for Cancer” fundraisers, which support cancer programs throughout northern Illinois. The club started the program in 1998 and raises money through various events, including a motorcycle run and a golf outing.

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“This is a great way for our club and members to support the community,” Cyndy Lane, volunteer coordinator for the “Kick-In for Cancer” campaign, said in a news release. “Unfortunately, cancer touches everyone and this is an opportunity for our club to, hopefully, provide some comfort to the patients and their families who are going through a difficult time.”

The club was founded in 1898 as the Swedish Music & Sick Fraternity.  At that time, Swedish singing societies were popular in the Midwest, and competitions were held throughout the year.

Today, the SM&SF Club is a nonprofit social club with more than 600 members.

This article is by Mary Sisk. Email her at or follow her on Instagram at @maryrrcurrent

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