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The Lisa Klitzky Foundation strives to advance education, patient care and research in order to improve the quality of life of adolescents affected by cancer.



On Monday, August 26th, 2002, David and Marlowe Klitzky’s daughter, Lisa Elizabeth Klitzky, passed away after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

Lisa, just 25 years old, was originally a native of Highland Park, Illinois and grew up in Long Grove, with her parents David and Marlowe and younger sister, Julie. A graduate of Twin Groves Jr. High, Lisa also attended Stevenson High School. She was an active member of Class Board, the Student Council and the Art Club. Lisa was a favorite among her peers and teachers. She was famous for her heartwarming smiles, a sweet disposition and her infectious laughter. Her incredible talent in art separated Lisa from the pack. Tim Myers, Lisa's high school art teacher, noted, “Lisa was a model art student. She consistently worked hard to improve her skills while always demonstrating an optimistic attitude. Her eagerness to learn about art helped create a positive environment for everyone around her and as a teacher, my beginning years were completely rewarded by Lisa's enthusiasm.”

Following graduation from Stevenson in 1995, Lisa attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she continued her artistic studies and earned a Bachelor of Science in Art in 1999. At Madison, Lisa expanded her circle of friends by developing meaningful relationships with fellow schoolmates, like those she enjoyed with her friends and family back home. As one college friend remarked, “Lisa simply was as good as it gets.”

Lisa was diagnosed in February 2001 with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric form of soft tissue cancer. With a prognosis of only a 20% survival rate, Lisa continued to see the glass as 20% full, versus 80% empty. Prior to starting chemotherapy treatments, Lisa donated her hair to “Locks for Love,” an organization that makes wigs for children with cancer. She was truly selfless when it came to helping others. Despite an arduous and exhausting fight against cancer, Lisa's spirit always remained high and intact and her amazing attitude served as an inspiration to those around her. She tried to see humor in everything, naming her two central line ports after the musical duo “Simon and Garfunkel” and laughing at herself when she'd reach to put on mascara, forgetting she didn't have eyelashes! Never one to give up hope, Lisa would comment, “I will have used up all my bad days for the rest of my life and will only have good days once I'm healthy again!”

Lisa's passing was heartbreaking to all who knew her. In her memory, ensuring that her spirit lives on, devoted family and friends are continuing her legacy of beauty, art and kindness to others by creating the Lisa Klitzky Foundation, which strives to advance education, patient care and research in order to improve the quality of life of adolescents affected by cancer. Lisa's loving spirit allows this foundation to make a difference in the lives of others, as she would have done herself.

For more information on the Lisa Klitzky Foundation and ways that you can contribute, please visit the site at www.lisaklitzkyfoundation.org.


For more information about The Great Frame Up, our services and our support of the art community, please contact us today at 1-847-680-1880 or e-mail us at mklitzky@aol.com