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Lend A Foot Benefit for Gary
2002, we had the “Lend A Foot” benefit for D.C. & Co’s conga
player, Gary Miller. Gary had his second leg amputated this past Sept.
due to a rare blood disorder that causes blood clots and an allergic
affect to the anti-clotting drug heparin.
The benefit was to raise spirits and money towards the cost of a wheel
ramp, medical expenses, new prosthesis, and car adaptations. We asked
friends and fans to help, and boy did they ever!!!
With special thanks going out to Jim Ruth of
the Lancaster New Era’s Sunday Entertainment. Ray Grunnert
of the Inelegencer Journal, WGAL, and many more
newspapers and radio stations for spreading the word in such a big way!
Also special thanks to Sueanna Schrader, and
who volunterred their time and effort to make this happen and the
Lancaster music community for taking care of their own.
The Lancaster Elks supplied a wonderful room
for the event and the excitingly talented, Inca Campers, volunteered
their music services for the first set. People just kept coming in. and
spreading their generosity and good will. We partied hearty, till the
wee hours, with D.C. & Co. kicking it to a packed house and an
energetic dance floor, and then
Frank DiNunzio, popping in from Atlantic City for the end of the night
session along with the D.C. band and Rose Hudson and several of the
Campers all kicking it on the stage at one time.
When it was all said and done, close to 500 of you
came in and shared your love, and through the benefit and donations
showing up in the mail, over $7000.00 was raised. You guys are
Gary is still overwhelmed by the love and support
that you provided. You’ll be happy to know that 2 new prosthesis are
being made and he should be walking on them in a couple of weeks. (He
had them make them
so he could be 6’ tall) also his car should have the adptions done and
be driving himself to gigs by the end of March!
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