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Dear Tom,

My sister and Ms. Luckey have been friends for a long time. She has such a very sweet and kind spirit, that when we met – I felt as if I had known her forever.

Not only is she a super grandmother, but a breast cancer survivor!  Back in 1996, she went in for a checkup and they found a lump.  She was diagnosed with stage four-breast cancer.  The following week, she underwent a mastectomy.

We met last month at the funeral of her 28-year-old daughter, Claudia – who had just moved up from Atlanta.  Unfortunately, she was killed outside a club on the south side…but thanks to surveillance footage, an anonymous tip and a regional manhunt, the killer – Derek nelson wells – was captured in Iowa and is locked up behind bars awaiting trial without bail for first degree murder.

She is heartbroken & sad about her daughter and the fact that her 3 grandchildren (5 year-old Mariah and the 2-year-old twins named heaven & Nevaeh) have been left without a mother.  She has filed filing for legal guardianship and is looking forward to her court date on December 2nd.

Ms. Luckey manages a little café in Morgan Park, and with those earnings, she will have to provide for her 3 girls as a single mom.  I pray that some of her burdens can be lifted.  These babies are from Atlanta and this will be their first Chicago winter.  Can you help her “winterize” them?

THURSDAY MORNING MOM: Roylette Luckey  was originally published on