On May 14, 2011 the family and friends of Jim Burke, from West Mayfair, will be hosting a fundraiser in hopes to raise money to help ease some of the financial burdens and costs during Jim’s battle of a rare degenerative bone disease called Legg Calve Perthes Disease. He is a 16 year old sophomore who attends Father Judge High School.
Jim was diagnosed with this rare disease when he was five, and since then he was underwent some extensive operations, but finally in 2005 he was given the clear and reassured he could be as active as he wanted and that he would not encounter any problems till much later in life. With that being said he joined the track team for Resurrection of Our Lord in 8th grade. He placed 1st in the city for the Philadelphia and 8th in the state for the Penn Relays along with other high placements in other relays. Jim is a Varsity wrestler for Judge; he works at it year round. He loved attending wrestling camps to improve himself, because he wanted to be the best. Jim received “Best Novice Wrestler” his freshman year and despite everything he has been through Jim has grown into an amazing young man who works hard at everything and gives his all to anything he puts his mind to. He is an Honor Student and has ranked 88 in a class of 278.
Presently the doctor told him that he can no longer wrestle or do his daily routine. Jim needs to undergo a major operation to restructure and rebuild his hip. He is no longer allowed to bear weight and must use crutches or a wheelchair to get around, and attends physical therapy three times a week. After his surgery it will take Jim three months before he can walk again and nine months before he will be rehabilitated. His mother Stephanie recently lost her job due to the economy and this is going to make the emotional struggle over the next year also a financial struggle. Many handicap modifications need to be made to the home.
If you could help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. We are asking for any help you can offer by donating gift certificates for items, actual items for baskets or to raffle independently or by making a monetary donation to help the Family. In appreciation, a complete list of donors will be printed in our program to encourage our patrons to support your business. If you would like to mail a gift to our attention it would be very much appreciated.
You can mail donated items to David Burke, c/o The James Burke Benefit Fund, 3224 Wellington Street, Philadelphia, PA 19149. Tax id is 27-5160783
If you wish to make a monetary donation, you can mail donations to:
James Burke Benefit Fund, c/o Wachovia Bank, Attention: Robert Carr
6420 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135
To purchase tickets to the benefit please email the email@example.com The Benefit will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2011 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. This event will take place at Daly’s Irish Pub at 4201-4211 Comly Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19135. Tickets will be $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door.
Thanking you in advance for your generosity.
The Benefit for Jim Burke Committee
Remember “It’s Hip to Help”
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Kim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
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