|Grand Rapids man plans benefit for acute lymphocytic leukemia|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 20 March 2013 10:01|
After three visits to the emergency room in just over a week, Chuck Thomas of rural Grand Rapids, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in January of 2009. Thomas, then 50, spent the next month in the hospital and the next three years on chemotherapy for the illness which normally affects children.
His oncologist told him this was "the most intensive chemotherapy" he had ever administered.
Now in remission and over a year post-chemo, Thomas continues to struggle from some of the effects of the treatment, but he is grateful to be alive and is doing pretty well.
Throughout his illness, Thomas has been blessed to have many friends and family support him with various benefits, prayers, and assistance with farming and other commitments. Now he and his wife Tina would like to "pay it forward." They have planned an "Its Almost Summer Time Benefit / Bash" and all proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because "Someday Is Today!"
The event is planned for Friday from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Nazareth Hall on Route 65 just outside of Grand Rapids. For a $10 donation, attendees will enjoy three terrific bands: Bliss, Five O'Clock Rush and The Grape Smugglers, and a light snack buffet. There will also be a cash bar available.
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