Niagara Gazette


April 7, 2014

CITY DESK: Trying to lend a hand


Niagara Gazette — All that working out and eating right must have done some good after all. 

I know full well what cancer can do people, not only physically but financially. My colleague, Michele Deluca, wrote what I believe was an underappreciated Sunday centerpiece about several area residents and their family members and friends who have had to endure the physical, emotional and financial impacts of this dreaded disease. 

Over the years, our newspaper has been absolutely inundated with requests for stories or write-ups about cancer benefits for cancer patients. 

In recent years, as the cost of treatment and the ups and downs of insurance coverage have changed, the need has seemed to grow, with more and more friends and family members desperately searching for ways to raise funds to pay off often astronomical medical bills. 

On April 26, our family — as modern-day and non-traditional as it may be — will take its turn. 

Friends, co-workers, family members and whoever else wants to show up to lend a hand will be throwing a benefit for Jim Gravelle from noon to 5 p.m., April 26, at the Rescue Fire Hall, 1241 Strad Ave., North Tonawanda. The fundraiser will feature a live DJ, food and refreshments, a kid’s corner, basket raffles and a 50-50 draw. A 50-inch LED television will be given away as the big door prize. 

Organizers are accepting donations of all kinds for use as prizes during the event. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door for adults and $5 pre-sale and $10 at the door for children ages 3 to 12. 

To purchase tickets or for more information about making a donation, call Krystal, or Kimberly at 716-957-6398, 716-957-6399 or 716-957-9309.

All are welcome to join us as we raise money to support Jim’s fight. All proceeds will go to cover the cost of his medical expenses.

Contact City Editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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