A benefit for Central Michigan University alum Mike Zelewski and his wife, Melanie, will be held Friday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 320 S. Bradley St.
Zelewski was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2012, and will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. It is required that Zelewski remain in Ann Arbor for a minimum of 100 days, according to Melanie.
The benefit is being called a sale, with all proceeds going toward the rent that the Zelewskis will pay for an Ann Arbor apartment.
“I’d like to see at least one month of rent paid,” Melanie said. “It’s a huge burden to have.”
The rent for Mike’s apartment will be an added, but necessary requirement for the family in addition to an existing mortgage as well as treatment related expenses.
Carolyn Hoffman, a retired CMU faculty member, said planning for the 8 a.m. benefit began recently as a result of the impending bone marrow transplant.
“People can bring donated items for the sale to Immanuel Lutheran,” Hoffman said. “There will be a nice variety.”
According to Hoffman, the sale will include everything from bicycles and recreational equipment to clothing and other household goods.
“Everything will help,” Hoffman said. “This is a very difficult time, obviously, for them.”
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is planning to match whatever funds the benefit sale raises, up to $183.