Benefit dinner set for June 15Written by Brian Bohnert | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 12, 2012, Pennie Eckard made the decision to see her doctor about recurring headaches.
After an emergency trip to the hospital, the 54-year-old mother was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer. Doctors found seven tumors in her brain.
Since her diagnosis, those in Eckard’s family have dedicated their time and money to making sure she has the best care possible. Often, the best care possible translates to the most expensive medical bills possible.
To help relieve the stress of overwhelming medical expenses, Eckard’s family will host a benefit dinner on June 15 from 5-9 p.m. at Mainstreet Church in Walbridge.
Michelle Fox, Eckard’s daughter, said the diagnosis came as a shock to her family.
“It came out of nowhere. She always had headaches, but we didn’t think anything of it,” Fox said. “Three years ago she had skin cancer, but they just removed the mole and that was the end of it. So when she went to thgo e doctor’s for headaches, it came as a surprise when they said that the tumors in her brain were most likely caused by the melanoma she had.”
The event will feature a spaghetti dinner, a silent auction, a raffle and live entertainment.
Among the items to be auctioned are: movie passes, spa packages, ballet lessons, tattoo gift certificates, laser skin rejuvenation, golf lessons, yoga passes and much more. Gift baskets will also be raffled off, Fox said.
The event is open to the public and the dinner costs $8 for adults and $4 for children. All money from the dinner, auction and raffle will go to medical expenses for Eckard and her family, Fox said.
In addition to the benefit dinner, Connxtions Comedy Club in Toledo has agreed to let Fox sell tickets to its June 29 Dave Landau event until two weeks before the show. Most of the money taken will also go toward Eckard’s expenses.
“The tickets are $15 and Connections will take $5 from each, giving mom $10,” she said. “I’m going to have the tickets at the dinner and I’ll have them on me at all times until two weeks before the show.”
Fox said anyone interested in purchasing the comedy tickets to benefit her mother can do so by emailing her at email@example.com.
According to the National Brain Tumor Society website, more than 190,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor every year.