Rockford man, wife, must take up to a year off for cancer treatment

Benefits for the family of Bruce Clarke will be held December 15 and in January. Pictured is Clarke, wife Jean and their two sons Steven and Paul.

Benefits for the family of Bruce Clarke will be held December 15 and in January. Pictured is Clarke, wife Jean and their two sons Steven and Paul.

Dinner, evening of music
to raise funds

Dinner, evening of music to raise funds

Bruce Clarke has been battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia since 2003 and now will undergo a stem cell transplant that requires him to take up to a year off work while he is hospitalized. A family member is required to stay with him, so his wife Jean will also miss work. Although Clarke has insurance, the family will have little income while he is absent from his job.

By turning in a donation coupon after eating dinner at the Plainfield Avenue Perkins on Tuesday, December 15, 15 percent of the total bill will go to a fund for the family. A night of food, music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and raffle will be held January 23 at Life Center in Assumption Church in Belmont, will also raise money for the family. Organizers are currently seeking donations of raffle items.

Clarke has undergone four rounds of chemotheraphy fighting leukemia, and the stem cell transplant with his brother as donor, is his next step to beat the disease. Hospital stay is expected to be a minimum of six months up to a year. Friends have organized these fundraisers to help Clarke and his family get by financially during this time. Clarke is a environmental/structural engineer with a firm here in Rockford. He is a coach for Wolverine baseball, a Cub Scout volunteer and a Michigan Tech alumni. His sons attended both Assumption Catholic School and Rockford Public Schools. His youngest son is currently at Rockford Freshman Center and the oldsest has graduated from Ferris State University.

To participate in the dinner at Perkins, a coupon is required. They can be picked up at the Rockford Squire newspaper at 331 Northland Drive, Rockford. To get coupons from an organizer, to donate items or to find out more information, contact Dawn Taylor at (616) 365-2434 or Kathy Uzarski at (616) 361-9821.

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