Our Wilkes-Barre Office Fundraises for Cancer Victim
A Sundance Vacations Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania office employee organized a fundraiser at the corporate headquarters for his dear friend with cancer.
When Richard Laury, a dedicated member and employee of St. Faustina Kowalska Roman Catholic Church, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (stage-four Brain Cancer) this past May, friends and family immediately took action. One of those friends was Sundance Vacations employee Jeff Warchal.
Warchal orchestrated a dress-down day to raise funds for Laury’s chemotherapy treatments. Employees could pay $5 to wear denim, shorts or sweatshirts to work on Tuesday, July, 5.
Forty-five Sundance Vacations employees participated, some even making additional donations, bringing the total funds raised for the Stength4Richard cause to $234.50!
“I am in awe of such generosity by so many individuals and organizations,” Warchal said. “To fight Brain Cancer for such a faithful person and my friend, Richard!”
In fact, Sundance Vacations employees were not the only ones raising funds for Laury this July.
A Strength4Richard benefit concert was held on Saturday, July 2 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina in Nanticoke, Pa.
Friends and family of Laury gave speeches, listened to musical performances, purchased food and beverages and participated in a basket raffle to raise proceeds to put towards his medical expenses.
All in all, the benefit concert produced another $5,000 for Laury, and there are more events planned for the rest of the summer. One upcoming event is a spaghetti dinner at St. Mary’s School Hall this upcoming July 17.
Learn more about how you can help support this cause by visiting the Strength4Richard Facebook page, Laury’s GoFundMe page or strength4richard.com.
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*Strength4Richard benefit photos compliments of Joann Mavus.
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Hats off to Jeff Warchal for spearheading this crusade and also for singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at the benefit concert. Best wishes to Richard in his fight. There are many prayers and positive thoughts heading your way Richard, so please know you are not “walking alone!”
Well said Candy 🙂
This is absolutely beautiful. Im proud to work for a company who has so many sincere and generous people. So much love and respect for all who participated. Way to go team!
Great Job Jeff, and best wishes to Richard!
Thanks, Candy! So many well wishes and prayers for you, Richard, in this fight against brain cancer and all types of cancer people struggle with. I am so grateful for all the hands involved with Richard’s cause!