A fundraiser at North Bowl Lanes in Philadelphia this weekend will benefit Shane Metzgar, the 10-month-old who was diagnosed earlier this year with stage four of a rare form of childhood cancer of the muscles known as alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.
The event, held at the Northern Liberties bowling alley at 909 North 2nd Street, will take place on Sunday, June 8 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $50 per person, and entry is free for kids 10 and under.
Aside from the food and bowling that will be included with the ticket, there will also be a silent auction and raffle that will offer a variety of prizes such as an autographed LeShawn McCoy football, an autographed Ryan Howard bat along with other Phillies memorabilia, a pair of court-side seats to a Sixers game, a performance-tasting dinner at Iron Chef Jose Garces’ newest restaurant, Volvér, a week-long stay at the Jersey Shore, a VIP package to the Walnut Street Theater, diamond earrings from Barksy Diamonds, and many more.
“We’ve received a lot of great things from various parts of the country as well as from very nice places in Philadelphia,” said Marc Rubinsohn, one of the event organizers.
Rubinsohn, a childhood friend of Shane’s father, Paul, organized the event with over a dozen other friends of the Metzgars. North Bowl owner Oron Daskal, who went to high school with Paul, also helped with the event, and will donate some of the proceeds from the drinks.
All of the money raised at the event will go towards Shane as well as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is a patient.
Shane’s mother, Michele, says Shane is still smiling, despite already going through nearly three months of chemotherapy.
“He’s responding well to the treatment,” she said. “The tumor is smaller by touch.”
Shane will get rescanned on June 19, and doctors will be able to tell if there are still cancer cells in his body and if the cancer has spread.
“The messages and donations were so thoughtful and heartwarming,” Michele said. “Our family has a long road ahead and we are comforted to know there are people out there rooting for our sweet son and giving us and him prayers of strength.”
Shane's fundraiser on crowdfunding site GiveForward.com has already raised more than $46,000 from over 450 people.
Anyone interested in attending the event should email HelpShaneFightCancer@gmail.com to purchase tickets through PayPal.
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.