‘Drews Crew’ Benefit Dec. 5 At Roxy’s In WPB

The community is invited to become a part of “Drew’s Crew” and help Andrew “Drew” Dawson and his family in their ongoing battle against leukemia at an event Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Roxy’s Pub (309 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach).

It will be a fantastic night of eating, socializing, shopping and giving. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include an appetizer buffet and two drinks. A variety of vendors will be on hand, so people can get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping. The event will also feature raffle prizes, a DJ and a green screen photo booth.

Dawson, a Wellington resident, was a typical, healthy 3-year-old, until his world was turned upside down this past July. Dawson’s parents brought him to the doctor with what they thought were cold symptoms and leg pains. The diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia on July 26 was a shock to all. Dawson was admitted to Palms West Hospital and braved nine days of intensive chemotherapy and multiple spinal taps. Following this, he underwent massive doses of steroids, which left him unable to walk due.

Luckily, Dawson has responded well to the chemotherapy, which has brought the cancer cells in his bone marrow from 70 percent to less than 1 percent. He has gone through physical therapy and now has the ability to walk once again. Despite his great success thus far, for the next three years Dawson will have to undergo treatments weekly to have the best chance of being cured, without any possibility of relapse.

Tickets will be sold Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in front of Strathmore Bagels (corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road). Strathmore will offer a free cup of coffee or buttered bagel to anyone who purchases a ticket at its location on those days.

For further information, call Valerie Mendelsohn at (561) 252-9935.