Kate Aukes benefits set June 15

Run, Ride or Drive, turkey dinner to be held in support of the Aukes family

19th Annual Benefit Run or Drive set Saturday, June 15.

Kate Aukes of Wyanet has found that she’s in a battle for her life, but she’s not alone.

In early May 2023, Kate was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating infection with a death rate of of one in three people who contract it. At the end of the same month, she also contracted the same type of infection in a different area after a procedure to remove a blood clot caused by the previous infection’s removal.

This ordeal amounted in several extremely large wounds, almost 100 days in the hospital, 17 surgeries, 20 blood transfusions, and countless medications and medical appointments.

There are two events being held Saturday, June 15, in Manlius, with all proceeds to benefit the Kate Aukes family for medical expenses.

The 19th annual Bureau Valley Benefit Run, Ride or Drive to support the Aukes family will start at the Beer Here Bar and Grill in Manlius on June 15, with the first vehicle out at 11:30 a.m. and the last vehicle in at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 per driver. Food will be available at the second stop courtesy of Huseman Farms of Walnut and K&K Farms of Sheffield.

The Manlius Sportsmen’s Club will host a Kate Aukes Benefit turkey dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 15. A $10 donation is being asked. Carryout is available.

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