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Fundraiser Dec. 4 for Oregon boy battling stage 4 cancer

OREGON – A fundraiser is in the works for a 13-year-old Oregon boy battling stage 4 cancer.

Patrick Newcomer was diagnosed Oct. 8 with Ewing sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, after a 4-by-4-inch tumor was found on his right kidney and spots in his lungs.

He faces 32 weeks of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation and removal of the kidney.

A benefit will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Mount Morris Moose, 101 Moose Drive.

There will be a euchre tournament with a $20 buy-in; signup begins at 3 p.m. and play at 4 p.m.

Raffles, including one for a snow blower and 50-50 raffles, a silent auction and a bake sale will be held, and there will be penny games and face-painting for the kids. T-shirts, bracelets and koozies will be sold, as will food and beverages, and a DJ will provide music.

Patrick’s treatment will be administered at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, which means a lot of trips back and forth, so all proceeds will benefit the Newcomer family – Patrick, his parents, Shantel and Tony Newcomer, and his younger siblings, Owen, Elizabeth and Stella. Neither of his parents will be able to work during this time.

Organizers Jennifer Salzman, 608-718-0729, and Theresa Disch, 779-861-0599, are accepting donations of raffle items, baskets and bake sale goods. Call them with donations or for more information.

Call Disch or Brandie McLain, 815-973-5686, for raffle tickets.

A GoFundMe account also has been established; donations can be made at gofund.me/0e39529c.