Fundraiser set for boy fighting leukemia

— A gift-shopping fundraiser will be held next weekend to help defray medical expenses of 12-year-old Matthew Agard, who has leukemia, and all are invited to attend.

The event is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the North Warren Emergency Squad building, Rte. 8, Chestertown. The fundraiser features sales of Silpada Jewelry, Avon, PartyLite candles and home-baked goods, as well as gift baskets, raffles. All proceeds will go towards medical expenses incurred by the Agard family.

Rebecca Gamble, a friend of the Agards, noted that many local individuals, businesses and organizations have already gotten involved with the fundraiser.

She said that Matthew Agard, a student at North Warren High School, had just recently been diagnosed with leukemia after a school physical had turned up abnormal results.

Among those raising contributions for the fundraiser have been Jessica Baker and Laurie Nuwer of Brant Lake, and Laura Ecklund of Chestertown.

Gamble credited the North Warren Emergency Squad for donating the use of its building and for its members committing to creating the baked goods.

“The whole community has kicked in,” she said.

Baker said that businesses and individuals throughout Warren County have been generous in helping the Agard family deal with extra expenses related to Matthew’s medical care.

“When we tell Matthew’s story, it hits home, and people really open up,” She said. “A lot of businesses and individuals have stepped up to help — its awesome.“

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