Gathering of support for Dunkirk resident Rob Crane

Submitted Photo Rob Crane of Dunkirk. A benefit is being held to help alleviate hospital and travel costs accrued during a lengthy illness he is still struggling to fight off.

Friends of Robert Crane will be presenting a benefit to help in paying off the mounting hospital bills Crane has accrued due to acquiring a life threatening bacterial infection of the blood stream and major organs.

The benefit will be held at Dom Polski Club, 179 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk on Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.

Crane’s infection has caused him to remain homebound and unable to work.

“He’s always been a really fun and good friend,” said benefit organizer Diane Graves. “He was active in the Family Kitchen down on Central Avenue; he even got an award this year. I know his family very well. His mother Joan Crane is very active in the Lakeshore Humane Society.”

Crane worked at Brooks Memorial Hospital with central supply and the gastrointestinal lab.

His illness started a year ago and was in and out of the hospital before the doctors were able to successfully diagnose him with the fungal infection.

Since then he’s been on a heavy dose of antibiotics and chemotherapy medication.

According to Graves, Crane was ready to go back to work at one point when he had to have emergency surgery for his appendix.

“He deteriorated very rapidly,” Graves said, “With fevers of 104 and 106 degrees.”

Crane is doing “much better” now, although “he’s still very weak and tired.”

“The IV’s are out and he’s on oral medication now, but he’s having frequent visits to the doctors and into the lab to check on his blood count,” said Graves.

Crane’s large assortment of family and friends have now come together to support him in his time of need and would like to help raise funds to ease some of the financial burden of medical costs and travel expenses.

Dinner tickets for the benefit are $15 each. Dinner includes sandwich wraps, various homemade soups, chips, dessert and beverage.

Zen City, Big Tone, Bill & Barry of 2nd Street Sunset, Hooman Blues and Wits End will be performing all day.

There will be a huge Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing the day of the event.

Auction and raffle prizes include over 100 gift baskets, a fishing trip, Southwest and Jet Blue gift cards, fire pits, a microwave oven, grills and a bicycle.

For ticket information contact: Bonnie: 785-1297 or Sara: 910-262-9710. For donations contact: Cathie at 410-0311 or Diane at 679-6643.