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In Memoriam - Eric Lentz


Eric Lentz, husband of Hope Junior director Deanna Hallagan, and a close friend to Marillac St. Vincent Family Services recently passed away. In light of his passing, the Chicago Tribune ran a touching story about his life and his work with Rustic Falls Nature Camp. Below you will find a snippet of the Chicago Tribune article and a link to the full story. 

Skokie man inspired to build summer camp for kids in need has died

Several times a year, Lurie Children’s Hospital sends a family dealing with a child’s cancer diagnosis to a Wisconsin camp where they can spend the weekend reading, cooking, hiking nature trails and otherwise unwinding from lives normally consumed by medical appointments and stress.

The weekends don’t cost participants a thing, said social worker Gina Baldacci, but are a gift from a Skokie family that knows well how nature can restore a cancer-battered life.

Eric Lentz built the pastoral retreat after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2005, doing much of the manual labor himself despite the energy-sapping rigors of chemotherapy. Rustic Falls Nature Camp has since hosted hundreds of kids in tough situations, offering a few hours or days of peace, quiet and restoration.

To read the full article, please click here. 

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