•Two benefit events are being planned this month for the three children of the late Kevin Lapp of Wheatfield.
Lapp was diagnosed with a life threatening disease called myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as MDS, in November of 2012. He died April 1 from complications from the disease before his scheduled bone marrow transplant could be performed in mid-April.
MDS has been in the news recently. Robin Roberts of "Good Morning America" also has been battling MDS.
Lapp, a Niagara-Wheatfield High School and Buffalo State College graduate, was an assistant vice president/project manager for HSBC Bank in Buffalo. He was a devoted father of 10-year-old triplets who lost their mother just after birth. Lapp brought his children back to Western New York from North Carolina after his wife's death. The youngsters, Brian, Kiersten and Nathan, are currently fourth-graders at St. John Lutheran School.
On Saturday, May 18, family and friends are holding a fundraising benefit from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road in Tonawanda.
This Triple the Love Benefit will help raise support for his three children, who are living with an aunt. The event is open to the community and will have food, entertainment, and a basket raffle. Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under are free.
In addition, a benefit concert is planned for the children at 7 p.m. May 31 at St. Bartholomew's, featuring the Western New York '60s music and Beatles tribute band the BBC. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.
Donations also can be made through PayPal at [email protected].