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Benefit for Kaitlyn

Today's column about shenanigans at The Piazza was accompanied by a video featuring neighbor Mike McCandless. While I was interviewing Mike, he told me about a fundraiser being held tomorrow, June 4th, for his daughter Kaitlynn, who was diagnosed in February with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Kate, who graduates this month from Little Flower High School, has already had three surgeries and faces extensive chemotherapy, Mike told me me. Mike and his wife, Sandy, have medical insurance but it won't cover all of the medical costs related to Kaitlynn's treatment.  So family and friends are hosting a beef-and-beer fundraiser to help defray expenses.

If you want to attend, here's what you need to know:

Beef and Beer Benefit

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Saturday, June 4, 2011  from 3pm-7pm

Ukrainian Club, 847 N. Franklin St.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Call Sandy at 267-760-3880 or Alice at 267-650-1689.

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Good luck, Kaitlynn. I'm pulling for you.

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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