Cornhole Tournament To Raise Money For Cancer Patient
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Anthony Turco is the definition of a good father, according to his fiance, Misty Baker. He’s the dad in the stands cheering for his daughter and even copying her cheer moves. The 39-year-old Clarks Summit also is a talented musician who plays guitar for local band Fuzz Bucket. On Sept. 17, Turco was involved in an accident with a tractor trailer that left his truck totaled and his body just as badly damaged; Turco suffered nine broken ribs, a broken sternum, a shattered pelvis and hip, a broken wrist and a torn aorta. He will remain in hospital care for at least three months before being released into physical therapy for rehab.
What: Turco’s Bandmates set up an online GoFundMe account for him, and donations payable to Anthony Turco also may be sent to 2340 Cherry Hill Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. Friends have organized a pair of benefit concerts that will include live entertainment and raffles.
When/where: Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston; Friday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m., The Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton
Why: Proceeds raised will support Turco’s family, including fiance Baker and three kids, Alana, 11; Mason, 7; and Adeline, 6, as well as help with mounting medical bills.
In her own words: “Anthony means so much to so many people. Any financial support would help lessen the worry while we focus on getting him better. He is our priority. This man is my world and I am blessed to have met him. Besides money, we will take prayers and well wishes. I just need him to get better and be my best friend again.” — Misty Baker
Update: Serena Evans, who lives with advanced cerebral palsy and multiple-seizure disorder, was able to attend Serena’s Rae of Sunshine Benefit Sunday in Plains Twp. along with her family. Mom Rebecca Frame described the day as “wonderful,” thanks to the volunteer efforts and donations from many. Donations for Serena’s care continue to be raised through her GoFundMe page and the mail, payable to Serena’s Rae of Sunshine, 273 Buck Blvd., White Haven, PA 18661.