Joann, a longtime Grand Island resident, was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery to have a tumor removed. However, doctors found it spread to her liver.
In the coming weeks, Joann will meet with doctors at Roswell Park to determine the appropriate course of action.
As Joann prepares for her battle, her team's goal is to raise funds in an effort to help her with the mounting medical expenses.
The fundraiser will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at the bowling alley, 1887 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
Tickets are $25 and include beverages, food (pizza, wings), a basket raffle, 50/50 split, silent auction and bake sale.
Come out and support Joann as she prepares for her biggest challenge. If you're unable to attend, donations can be made payable to Joann Santospirito and mailed to 1170 Stony Point Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.
For more information, contact Carly Hudson at 574-0108 or Alison Hudson at 523-1618.
St. Luke's Mission partners with Subway to bring Christmas gifts to needy children
Community Toy Drive aided by Buffalo Marine Corps
•Every year, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy helps more than 3,000 Western New York families experience the blessings of the holidays through donated gifts of food, clothing and toys. In these times of unprecedented need, St. Luke's has announced that this Christmas season they are expanding their giving mission through a partnership with Subway stores across Erie and Niagara counties and the Buffalo Marine Corps.
St. Luke's spokesperson Nancy Polino said the three-way partnership will specifically benefit needy children throughout the community.
"While St. Luke's has been dedicated to helping those in need for more than 16 years, our alliance with Subway stores in Western New York will provide us with a greatly expanded ability to bring joy to children across the region during the upcoming Christmas season," she said. "At participating Subway stores, from now until Dec. 15, special bins will be set up, courtesy of the India Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines Unit, so that people across the region can stop in and donate new and unwrapped toys for less fortunate children."
This is the second year that Subway has partnered with St. Luke's in collecting toys. Their participation is part of their long-running corporate focus on community care, which they accomplish through their Helping Society Initiative. WNY Subway Development Agent Stephen Stewart detailed the corporate outreach.
"This year, our participating Subway stores are adding collection boxes at our registers for cash donations, as well as collecting toys, all to benefit St. Luke's," he said. "We're particularly grateful to the Marines, who were gracious enough to donate the toy bins and to assist with delivering the toys that people donate at our Subway stores to St. Luke's. And we're very happy to support St. Luke's as every penny and every toy stays local, serving people who come to the mission from throughout Western New York.
"St. Luke's is a good steward of all the donations that they receive."