The Zalewski family saw great success after a cancer benefit sale held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 320 S. Bradley St., last Friday.
The sale, which offered household items, clothing and recreational equipment, raised more than $1,140 for Central Michigan University alum Mike Zalewski and his wife, Melanie.
Zalewski was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2012, and he and his wife have been preparing for the subsequent bone marrow transplant the condition requires.
“(The Zalewskis) are currently awaiting completion of chemo prior to undergoing the bone marrow transplant,” said retired CMU faculty member Carolyn Hoffman. “They will need to live within 100 miles from Ann Arbor for a four to six month period.”
Hoffman, who played a large role in organizing the benefit, said she thinks the sale was a great success, with much support being shown to the Zalewski family, as well as a service being done for those in the community.
Any extra support given to the Zalewskis will be well-received, as the rent for an apartment in Ann Arbor will be added onto the costs of their current mortgage and treatment-related expenses.
“An account has been set up at Isabella Band titled ‘Mike Zalewski Cancer Fund,’” Hoffman said. “Donations are welcome.”
Thrivent Financial, a Lutheran organization, also helped to support the Zalewskis by matching some of the funds raised during Friday’s sale.