In June of 2016, Gary’s wife had two emergency brain surgeries to remove a brain tumor and was thereafter diagnosed with brain cancer. Cheryl fought bravely for over four years as Gary searched around the globe for every possible solution to cure his wife. Thanks to President Trump’s ‘Right to Try’ Gary and Cheryl traveled the globe discovering solutions that extended Cheryl’s life; trying treatments in Vienna and Bangalore, but to no avail. Tragically, Cheryl passed away in October of 2020. Gary will tell you that he learned ultimate faith, courage and strength from her. After losing Cheryl, what was important to Gary going forward became crystal clear – his childrens’ well-being, his grandchildrens’ well-being and the well-being of the great state of Illinois that he and his family love so dearly. His faith, courage and every ounce of strength that Cheryl imparted to him are now being poured into his fight to both reform and rebuild Illinois.