Second Chance Fundraising to hold winter fundraiser
A 7-year-old undergoing treatment for leukemia will benefit from Second Chance Fundraising’s third annual Bumper for Life Bowling Extravaganza, set for from 1 to 4 p.m. March 3, at Richland Lanes.
According to Craig Smith, co-founder of Second Chance Fundraising, the event was started to assist a local family or individual experiencing unexpected medical problems.
“We’ll have access to all 40 lanes, so can welcome up to 240 people at this event geared to bowlers and non-bowlers alike,” he said. “We encourage non-bowlers to come and support the family and participate in a basket raffle and 50/50 drawing.”
Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the family of Ian Rosenbaum, who was diagnosed with T-cell ALL leukemia this past September.
According to Joelle Rosenbaum, Ian’s mother, her son recently started the consolidation stage of his three-year treatment plan, during which he undergoes routine lumbar punctures and continues chemotherapy, weekly, with the expectation that the frequency will continue to decrease.
“Ian’s most recent lumbar puncture showed that his body is no longer producing cancer cells. We’re so blessed,” she said, noting that she and her husband, Michael, are employed by Highland Tank & Manufacturing, which has been supportive during Ian’s illness and treatment.
“I’m able to work remotely and Michael has time off to accompany us on our trips to Pittsburgh when needed,” she said, adding that the event proceeds will help with their out-of-pocket travel and medical expenses.
“God has been with us throughout, starting with Ian’s diagnosis,” Joelle Rosenbaum said.
She recalled that her son exhibited only a slight fever that prompted a call from the school nurse at St. Peter Elementary School in Somerset and a trip to the doctor.
“Ian played hockey over the weekend and seemed fine otherwise. The next evening, he was coughing so much we were afraid he had bronchitis,” she said. “He had x-rays at the hospital. We were urged to take him to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was found to have a large mass exerting pressure on his heart and lungs.”
She added that Ian participates in classes at St. Peter Elementary School by iPad and FaceTime to avoid picking up infections. He also ice skates when he’s feeling up to it.
Event tickets sold at the door only, include two games of bowling, shoe rental, door prize ticket, three basket raffle tickets, and a slice of pizza and beverage from Fox’s Pizza in the alley.
Smith said that Second Chance Fundraising’s previous Bumper for Life events have drawn an average of 125 people and have raised approximately $3,000 each year.
“We’ve received approximately four dozen baskets annually, and invite local businesses to donate baskets, gift cards and gift certificates,” he said.
In addition, Second Chance Fundraising co-founder Derek Partsch is organizing a silent auction of items from professional hockey teams.
“The youth hockey community has been so generous with its friendship and financial support,” Joelle Rosenbaum said.
For additional information, visit secondchancefundraising.org or follow the organization on Facebook.