Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Fight Leukemia | Events
A “Wheelbarrow of Booze,” a flat-screen television, and a lottery tree holding about $100 in scratch-off tickets are just some of the prizes that will be up for grabs as the family and friends of Edward “Wolfman” Carias help the 5-year-old take a bite out of leukemia.
Edward was nicknamed “Wolfman” by his uncle, Joe Kowalewski, from the first time he saw him because Edward had tufts of hair on his ears, and the name stuck. Now “Wolfman” is fighting for his life. On December 8, 2016, Edward was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. After spending 23 days at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, Edward now faces two to three years of traveling between his home in Eden to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo to undergo chemotherapy.
To assist Edward and his family with the resulting medical expenses, family and friends will hold a benefit from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the River Road Fire Hall, 39 Kaufman Ave., Town of Tonawanda.
The “Wheelbarrow of Booze” containing more than 20 bottles ranging from Fireball to Jack Daniels to a variety of wines will be offered as a separate raffle, and the value of the items is more than $500. Some of the larger raffle items include a rotisserie valued at nearly $300, a Tupperware set worth more than $300, a Vizio 32-inch flat screen television valued at nearly $200 and a Victoria’s Secret gift card with tote that are worth more than $150. In addition, dozens of prizes including a Vera Bradley bag, lottery trees, wines, movies, gift cards, and autographed Buffalo Sabres and Bills items will be doled out during the basket raffle. Entertainment by the band The Gutter Prophets and 50/50 splits also will be available.
Admission will be $20 per person and will include beer, wine, soft drinks, food and door prizes. Basket raffle tickets will be $5 per sheet or five sheets for $20. Drawings will begin at 6 p.m. Winners do not need to be present for any of the raffles, but winners must be present for the 50/50 drawings. All proceeds will go toward Edward’s medical costs.
The event also will include a Unyts blood drive from 2 to 5:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, contact Lynn Ansley at 535-9297. Presenting blood donors will receive a free card of basket raffle tickets.
For admission tickets, to make a donation, to arrange pickup of donations or for more information about the benefit, contact Kowalewski at 578-9063.
Checks made payable to “Care of Edward Carias” also may be sent to 116 Canterbury Lane, Kenmore, NY 14217. The family also has established a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/wolfman5.