STOW - Friends and family will hold a benefit Sunday for an area man who is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Steve Hook, a local concrete contractor from Ashville, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011. Following his diagnosis, he endured 12 cycles of chemotherapy, and his ailment appeared to go into remission.
However, approximately a year ago, during a splenectomy, it was discovered that the Hodgkin's lymphoma had either reoccurred or had never gone into remission, as previously believed.
Last spring, Hook was sent to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia, where he underwent more high-dose chemotherapy, as well as a stem-cell transplant. He is currently admitted as an inpatient, but is expected to begin outpatient treatment soon, which could last for up to a month.
Although Hook is in high spirits, the tribulations of Hodgkin's lymphoma have been financially costly. To help Hook and his family pay for medical and transportation costs, friends and family will be holding a benefit in his honor at the Ashville Fire Department, located at 5338 Stow Road, which is adjacent to Hogan's Hut in Stow.
The benefit will begin at 2 p.m. and will run to 6 p.m. Admission is $10, and a spaghetti dinner and an entry into a cash prize drawing is included with admission.
Additionally, the event will also feature a Chinese auction and a 50-50 drawing, as well as a separate giveaway for larger items, such as a rifle which has been donated to the event. The 50-50 drawing will be distributed by the Babes of Wrath, Jamestown's own roller derby team, which will be selling tickets on skates at the event.
The general public is invited to attend the benefit. Guests may choose to wear camouflage clothing if so desired, and members of Hook's family will do the same, to honor Hook's enthusiasm for hunting.
Unfortunately, Hook will not be able to attend the benefit, as he is still receiving treatment in Philadelphia, however his recovery is going according to plan, and there is a possibility that a Skype conversation could occur at the benefit so Hook can say hello to everyone in attendance. According to his mother, Karin Hook, he has kept a positive outlook throughout the ordeal.
"He's had an absolutely great attitude," Karin said. "In between treatments, when he can be home, he's gone on about work like everything is normal. He came home for two weeks (in between treatments), and he worked almost every day, from morning until dark."
Karin and Hook's sister, Kirsten Bishop, would like to thank everyone in advance for supporting Hook through this difficult time, as well as the corporate sponsors who have made donations toward the benefit, including: Davidson's Restaurant, Tops, Pepsi of Jamestown, KFC, Arby's, Everyday's True Value, Home Depot, Tall Tales Sporting Goods, and others, including all individual and private donors.