Thursday, March 13, 2008


I feel a bit odd approaching this discussion but I guess it is better to come from me than someone else. As most of you can probable imagine cancer isn't just a horrible disease with a horrible treatment plan, it also is financially draining on the family. We are facing huge travel costs, loss of one income, unpaid leave, private tutoring for Kevin and additional child care costs we would have not incurred otherwise. We really appreciate all who have been generous already.

Some of our friends and coworkers have put together some fundraisers to help us raise the money needed so none of us have to sell our homes in this horrible economy due to this evil disease. Mike has set up a trust fund for expenses related to Kevin's medical care, this includes family (this includes Eric, Mike, Scotty, Jake and me) travel and hotel expenses to be with him. If you are interested in contributing to Kevin's trust fund please make checks out to The Kevin Saarela Cancer Fund. You can contact Bonnie Gammerath at 248-953-9682 or Mike at michigan_herrs at for more information.

Here are the fundraisers I am aware of:

Big Boys restaurant in Walled Lake will be hosting a fundraiser on Thursday April 3rd. I will post more information as I get it. Bonnie Gammerath can be contacted at 248-953-9682 or via email tfg at Please put Kevin Saarela Cancer Fundraiser in the title if you email her.

Bryant Bureau/Snelling Staffing Services (Eric's employer)
Bowling Fundraiser Event
Sunday - April 27, at 3:00 – check-in is from 2:00 – 2:30
$20.00 per person* includes: 3 games of bowling (9 pin no tap), shoes and 2 slices of pizza. There will also be: prizes, silent auction and 50/50 drawings.
Fountainview Lanes
34244 Groesbeck Hwy. (S. of 15 Mile).
Clinton Twp., MI 48035
registration forms are available through (or have questions please contact): Sue at or Gail at or you can call (586) 772-6452, ask for Judy.

Thank you again to you if you have already helped out. We really appreciate the generosity, the prayers and thoughtfulness.


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