Niagara Gazette — "He's fought this fight so gallantly, and he's tried to stay strong the whole time, but it just keeps throwing him back down," said his sister-in-law Rita Farrell, noting that his uncovered medical expenses keep rising. "The cancer has recurred twice now and he's had to have more surgeries and hospital stays ... the insurance will only cover so much," she said.
The fundraiser will include food and live music, as well as other giveaways such as a 47-inch television, an iPad, a Blu-ray DVD player and a Nexus 7, among many other offerings in a basket auction.
In the meantime, people just seem to keep on giving to help Farrell, including someone who on Friday delivered 1,000 cookies for the event.
Kitchen World designer Tom Cheff said that whoever wins the top prize will also receive his design service, including computer renderings.
"I'm happy to do it," said Cheff, noting that his company and Gonzalez are very community oriented, and "I'm glad to be a part of that."
The top prize winner won't have to be present at the drawing to win the new kitchen. And if they don't happen to need a kitchen, they can pass the prize along to someone else, Gonzalez said. It's an exception he's learned from personal experience with raffles. "I hate it," he said, "when you win something that you already have."WHAT: Fundraiser for Mark W. Farrell WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday WHERE: St. Vincent DePaul's (St. Leo Site) 2748 Military Road FOR MORE INFORMATION: Tickets are $20 for a spaghetti dinner and one sheet of auction tickets, with entertainment by The Mombrea Brothers Band. Call Remi Gonzalez, 622-5354; Joe Mombrea, 210-8696; Mike Hall, 285-3725; Rich Backlas, 285-8037; Linda Edwards, 471-9211; or Rita Farrell, 628-4320 for more details.