‘EPIC ON EV­ERY LEVEL’

Com­mu­nity ral­lies to raise cancer aware­ness

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Dennis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

DOUGLASSVILLE» Any­one from the Douglassville com­mu­nity can tell you that if there’s one thing they’re never short on, it’s help­ing hands. Oct. 22 proved that to be true when thou­sands of peo­ple showed up at Red Cor­ner Road for the ninth an­nual Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit.

“The first ben­e­fit I be­lieve had about 300 peo­ple and last year was at about 2,500 peo­ple so it has re­ally grown, ” said Michaela Ober­holtzer, one of the vol­un­teers for the Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit. “It’s a great day. Ev­ery­one is so sup­port­ive. The com­mu­nity comes to­gether, the do­na­tions come in, ev­ery­thing. It’s amaz­ing to see the out­pour­ing of the com­mu­nity.”

Each year, the event is held to ben­e­fit a fam­ily deal­ing with the hard­ships of child­hood cancer. This year, the Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit is sup­port­ing Brady Casto, a 17-year-old from Ch­ester Springs who was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia on Aug. 19, 2015. Casto has a chro­mo­so­mal mu­ta­tion in his leukemia cell called Philadel­phia chro­mo­some-like, and for this rea­son, he has been di­ag­nosed with very high risk acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia that re­quires ad­di­tional, ag­gres­sive treat­ment.

When Brady and his fam­ily walked into the ben­e­fit, they were over­whelmed by the amount of sup­port they re­ceived. They were even met by two of Brady’s on­line gam­ing friends, who trav­eled from Michi­gan to sup­port him at the ben­e­fit and meet him in per­son for the first time.

“This is epic on ev­ery level. Just every­body is so amaz­ing. It re­ally, truly is amaz­ing,” said Stacey Casto, Brady’s mother, upon ar­riv­ing. “Ever ybody we’ve met so far that worked on this event has been in­sanely warm and sup­port­ive and we 100 per­cent al­ready feel like we’re part of this fam­ily. That’s how com­fort­able they’ve made us feel.”

The sense of com­mu­nity is exactly what keeps guests com­ing back in big­ger num­bers each year, in­clud­ing the fam­i­lies that have ben­e­fit­ted from the event in pre­vi­ous years.

“It’s very over­whelm­ing when it’s your turn and then it’s very hum­bling when you fi­nally get to help. It’s dif­fer­ent,” said An­drea Buno, the mother of Mikey Buno, the 2015 Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit ben­e­fi­ciary. “It’s ex­cit­ing when the ben­e­fit is for you and it’s a lot. This is my sec­ond year be­ing able to help and it’s bet­ter.”

Guests were treated to live mu­sic from bands in­clud­ing The Whiskey­hickon Boys, Chest­nut Grove, Blind Man Mike and sev­eral oth­ers. Kids could be seen en­joy­ing games, pet­ting zoos, face paint­ing, pony rides and pump­kin paint­ing. For the adults, the Bo’ Bradley Beer Gar­den of­fered a va­ri­ety of beers on tap to en­joy while lis­ten­ing to the live mu­sic. Later in the day, Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit re­cip­i­ents par­tic­i­pated in a lan­tern re­lease and the day cul­mi­nated with a bon­fire and fire­works dis­play to cel­e­brate the fundrais­ing ef­forts.

All the pro­ceeds from the event will be do­nated to the Casto fam­ily to as- sist with the cost of Brady’s treat­ment and other ex­penses.

“We hope that Brady and his fam­ily en­joy this and spread the word,” said Buno. “It’s about spread­ing aware­ness and RCB’s mis­sion state­ment is “one child at a time” un­til there’s no more cancer.”

To do­nate to the Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit visit www. red­corner­ben­e­fit.org . A boy takes a turn bounc­ing around on bungee cords Satur­day dur­ing the Ninth An­nual Red Cor­ner ben­e­fit. Kids en­joyed lots of ac­tiv­i­ties at the event, in­clud­ing face paint­ing, pump­kin dec­o­rat­ing and sea­sonal games.

MAR­IAN DENNIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Brady Casto, 17, of Ch­ester Springs, is greeted by on­line friends he is meet­ing for the first time in per­son as he walks into the Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit in Douglassville Satur­day. The fam­ily trav­eled from Michi­gan to sup­port him at the event, which raisied money to help with the cost of treat­ing his acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia.

MAR­IAN DENNIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Brady Casto sheds a tear Satur­day as he en­ters the Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit and is greeted by two on­line gam­ing friends he is meet­ing for the first time in per­son. The fam­ily trav­elled from Michi­gan to sup­port Brady in his fight against acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RED COR­NER BEN­E­FIT

Brady Casto, 17, of Ch­ester Springs, is the ben­e­fi­ciary of the Ninth An­nual Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit, which is held ev­ery year to raise money for a child suf­fer­ing from cancer. The funds go di­rectly to the fam­ily to help with costs of treat­ment and other ex­penses.

MAR­IAN DENNIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Guests en­joy live mu­sic Satur­day dur­ing the Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit in Douglassville. The event helped to raise money for Brady Casto, 17, who was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia in 2015.

MAR­IAN DENNIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The su­per­hero Dead­pool says hello to a guest Satur­day at the Red Cor­ner Ben­e­fit

MAR­IAN DENNIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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