A fundraiser for Herb Messing, a cancer patient at Roswell Park, will be held Sunday, Sept. 12, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Lewiston No. 2 firehall, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road.
As a result of surgeries, co-pays and lost work time, a large financial burden was placed on Messing's family. The staff at Gerber Small Animal Hospital and friends of the SPCA are hosting the benefit to help offset those financial burdens.
Activities include a basket auction (drawing at 4:30 p.m.), hourly 50/50 split draws, and music by DJ the DeeJay. The event also includes dinner and desserts.
Pre-sale dinner tickets are available at Gerber Small Animal Hospital, 3316 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Basket raffle tickets are available at the door.
"When Bad Things Happen to Good People" is a best-selling book whose title may well be applied to Herb and Lori Messing's path of bad experiences. Shortly after purchasing their home but before moving in, thieves broke into it, stripping out all of the copper piping and leaving behind considerable damage to the house. Later on, when a Niagara Falls water main burst, theirs was among the many area houses severely flooded.
Herb and Lori are a good, very caring couple who have always been there to help anyone in need however they could. Their sincere concern for others -- and their great kindness to animals -- knows no bounds.
For several years, Herb has been suffering from the ravages of cancer, and they have dealt with his terrible illness with remarkable grace and dignity. However, a mountain of debt has been incurred due to multiple surgeries, massive medical expenses, radiation and chemotherapy treatments and related costs. Lost work-time wages have added to their burden.
To help defray these expenses, friends are planning a benefit on Sunday, Sept. 12. Admission and ample parking are free.
Advance optional $20 dinner tickets -- including 25 theme basket tickets -- are available at Gerber Small Animal Hospital.
Now is the time to give back to the Messings what they always so willingly gave to others in need. A real showing of community support is anticipated for this very worthy cause.
--Submitted by Jeanne Beales