HUNTLEY – A Huntley family will gather at Chicago’s Lincoln Park on Sunday to remember a family member who died from prostate cancer and raise awareness about preventive testing for the cancer.
Coming from a family with generational roots in Huntley, Michael Lovins had his life cut short three years ago when he died from prostate cancer at age 48.
Lovins, a construction worker who also had volunteered for the Huntley Fire Protection District, never was tested for the cancer, which doctors took months to diagnose.
To bring closure, 20 members of Lovins’ family and closest friends will participate in the ninth annual SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run 5K event under the team name “Lovins Cure,” said Amy Earnest, Lovins’ sister who organized the team.
“My main concern is to get the family together and honor our brother as best as we can and not forget him,” said Earnest, the youngest of seven siblings.
The family will be alongside 1,300 participants for the event in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.
The event is meant to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the many resources families can use after diagnosis.
US TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, Wellness Place and UroPartners are sponsoring the regional event.
Earnest took an active role in her brother’s diagnosis and treatment and even switched careers to focus on exercise science and study more about prostate cancer. The event on Sunday represents a “happy medium” for the family to gather and honor Lovins, she said.
“To have a major health concern in the family was probably the most terrifying feeling,” Earnest said. “Still having my other siblings around, I hope we can come together and remember my brother.”