(08/12/2008) - It had been a difficult day for two-time U.S. men's champion Evan Lysacek. A close family friend had passed away earlier and he apologized for being late with his call. An offer was extended to reschedule the interview, but he said he wanted to talk because it was important he promote an upcoming show that bears his name: Smucker's Presents and An Evening of Hope with Evan Lysacek and Friends, scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Ill. The show will benefit the Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund in collaboration with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Joseph was "a friend I skated with in Chicago and I knew basically since the day I started skating," says Lysacek, 23, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. At the age of eight, Joseph was diagnosed with cancer. While she battled it, she was granted wishes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, one of which was skating with Kurt Browning and Scott Hamilton, "who were absolute idols of hers."
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