Date: 1/16/2008

Chicago sportscaster, best-selling author Rich King to address Valentine luncheon—“My Maggie” is subject of life, love, illness and inspiration

MUNSTER — How love can help couples and families cope with disabilities, serious illness as well as the onslaught of cancer is told in “My Maggie,” a book about the relationship between WGN-TV sportscaster Rich King and his late wife, Maggie.

King will discuss his book at a luncheon, “Share the Love,” to be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 at Briar Ridge Country Club, 123 Country Club Dr., Schererville.

King, a native Chicagoan, has been with WGN television as a sports reporter and anchor since 1991, when he was named Illinois “Sportscaster of the Year.” He also received an Emmy for his Chicago Bulls coverage in 1996. Prior to joining WGN, King worked for WBBM radio and television.

Maggie, who was both deaf and blind, overcame breast cancer and died from ovarian cancer in August 2002. To help him cope with her death, King wrote the book about their 32 years together.

Statistics show that a vast number of husbands leave their wives if they become seriously ill, but King stayed. “I never considered leaving Maggie because I loved her and every year the love became stronger. Why would you want to leave your reason for living?”

The “Share the Love” luncheon fee is $50 and includes an autographed copy of “My Maggie.” Please RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 7. Checks should be make payable to Community Cancer Research Foundation and sent to 901 MacArthur Blvd., Marketing and Communication Dept. Munster, IN 46321. For more information, call 219-836-4582. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Cancer Resource Centre.

The Cancer Resource Centre, located at 900 Ridge Road, Suite J, in Munster, helps those affected by cancer obtain the support and resources they need to cope with the cancer diagnosis. All services, which include support groups, educational programs and networking groups, are offered to cancer patients and their families free of charge.

In addition to dedicating “My Maggie” to his late wife, King is donating a third of the book’s royalties to the Chicago Lighthouse, which recently celebrated 100 years of assisting people with visual impairments, and another third to the Chicago office of the American Cancer Society.

The book was praised by Publisher’s Weekly as a “bittersweet love story that will resonate with many readers.” For additional information about the book and King, visit