Fundraiser Saturday for Custer man with rare illness

November 28, 2018

For nearly a year, Anthony and Connie Wade of Custer have been dealing with an untenable situation, as Anthony’s health has deteriorated following a diagnosis of a little-known, life-threatening illness.

Anthony has Churg-Strauss syndrome — a vascular illness that causes inflammation of blood vessels, severe pain and a loss of energy and strength. Now the family is struggling to make ends meet after a year of mounting medical bills, bracing for the financial shock of a forthcoming chemotherapy treatment for Anthony.

The cost has already been insurmountable — more than Connie can estimate — and the Wades are seeking help from the community to offset the impact of the wages lost by time they’ve both had to take off of work and in anticipation of the costs of the chemotherapy treatment and other medical expenses.

“I’ve never been in debt before and we are in debt. I couldn’t even tell you (how much we’ve spent),” said Connie, who spoke to the Daily News on the couple’s behalf, noting that her husband is a “man of few words.”

“Any time anyone has a long-term illness, it’s tens of thousands of dollars,” she said.

Mason County Family Events is hosting a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor Adult Day Care, 201 N. Washington Ave. in Ludington. It’s the second fundraiser the group has held for the Wades this year. The first, held in mid-November, “failed to draw foot traffic,” according to Connie.

She said she’s not usually comfortable asking for help, but feels there’s no other option in this case, adding that she hopes members of the community will lend a hand in support.

“I’m not one to hold out my hand and say, ‘Please help me,’” she said. “God knows our needs, that’s for sure, so hopefully people just work through him.”

The fundraiser will feature a bake sale and silent auction with a number of vendors bringing homemade goods.

“We have vendors in there, as well as people who have graciously baked goods for us, and auction items as well,” Connie said. “Proceeds go to help Anthony.”

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Edition.

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