Butler County Times Gazette
  • Family continues to raise funds for cancer research

  • Raising money to fight cancer has become a family obsession for the Busheys of Butler County. This weekend their mission could mean an affordable, home-cooked meal for folks in Towanda and El Dorado.
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  • Raising money to fight cancer has become a family obsession for the Busheys of Butler County. This weekend their mission could mean an affordable, home-cooked meal for folks in Towanda and El Dorado.
    “Right now I am training for a half marathon in Washington, D.C., while Danny and Aimee are training for a 100-mile bike ride in Tahoe,” said Michele Bushey.
    The Busheys are part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) “Team in Training.” As part of the “Team in Training” they must commit to raising funds to find a cure for leukemia. This year their goal is to raise $10,000, by June, through various different fundraising events. They are over halfway to their goal and have no intention of stopping.
    “We have done garage sales, clothing drives, haunted houses, a hog roast, boot blocks, a Christmas light tour, we sold chances to win a jeep, and even hosted a chuck-a-puck event at a Thunder Game,” said Michele. “Whether it is $1,000 or $10, every penny is as important and valuable as the next.”
    According to the LLS, 80 percent of all money raised by people like the Bushey family goes to patient research and patient aid. Helping people like 10-year-old Reese Naylor of Rose Hill who just received a bone marrow transplant in January.
    “Each season we pick an honor patient,” said Michele. “This year’s honor patient is Reese.”
    Reese has battled cancer since she was 3 years old and developed additional complications. The LLS is trying to raise $100,000 to fund a research portfolio in her honor. It is stories like Reese’s that keep Michele, Danny, and Aimee putting one foot in front of the other.
    “Every year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society pick a local girl and boy of the year. Our boy of the year from last year passed away Monday and it is just heartbreaking,” said Michele. “He was only in middle school. He was going through another round of chemo and had complications.”
    Michele said she also watched her two grandfathers, a grandmother and an uncle die of cancer.
    “When will I be done fundraising? When there’s a cure. I am committed. I am tired of losing people I love to cancer,” said Michele.
    The Busheys have organized two chicken and noodle dinners for this Sunday. The homemade food, prepared by Bonnie Donham, will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center in Towanda and the Train Deport in El Dorado at 430 N. Main Street. The cost is $7 per plate and can be taken to go.
    Page 2 of 2 - You can learn more about LLS and “Team in Training” at www.lls.org.
     

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