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Valentine’s dinner benefits Omak man

Auction, music featured at Greek-themed event

— A Valentine’s-themed dinner and auction to benefit a former local man with cancer will be Feb. 14 at the Courtyard Downtown, 28 S. Main St.

The event will benefit 24-year-old Bobby Corson, an Omak graduate who lives in Cheney. He was diagnosed April 4, 2013, with adult neuroblastoma, a cancer that is common in children but rare in adults.

Investigation of a pain in his hip led to discovery of a softball-sized tumor, said his sister-in-law, Sheila Corson.

She said the Greek-Mediterranean themed meal will feature pita bread, hummus, gyros, tabbouleh, moussaka and other items. Chocolate fountains with fruit are planned, as is a dessert auction.

Organizers – Corson family members and friends – plan a festive atmosphere with china place settings, candlelight and other decorations.

A silent auction will include jewelry, romance-themed baskets, artwork, possibly some getaway trips and other items.

Family members will provide music, including “classic, cheesy love songs and other stuff” suitable for dancing, Sheila Corson said.

Proceeds benefit Hearts for Hope, a state-registered charity formed to benefit Bobby Corson and, in the future, others in need, she said.

Bobby Corson has undergone surgery, radiation treatments and seven rounds of chemotherapy, racking up bills of $150,000 a month.

Stem cell therapy and more radiation treatments are planned.

His wife, Serena, works, but he has been off work from his insurance job. Insurance covers the bulk of his treatments, but not deductibles, co-payments and living expenses, Sheila Corson said.

The dinner is the latest in a series of fundraisers. A November yard sale and chili feed raised more than $700, and donation jars have brought in around $600.

“The community’s been really generous and supportive,” Sheila Corson said. “It’s encouraging to Bobby and Serena to see that.”

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