An auction was held in support of David Benjamin, 53, whose pancreatic cancer has spread to his liver. All proceeds were donated to him. – Sara Ericsson, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Sara Ericsson
The Kentville Lions Club was the site of a fundraising event Aug. 3 for David Benjamin, a Kentville resident who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March.
Eleanor MacConnell, partner of Benjamin’s brother Garth, decided to organize the event for Benjamin.
“These next few months are going to be extremely hard on the family, so I wanted to do something to help,” she said.
The fundraiser included a live performance by Cye Brown and the Guys, a 50/50 draw and an auction, with gifts donated by local businesses.
Perhaps best known in Kentville as an auto mechanic, Benjamin, 53, worked for 20 years at Scott Slipp Nissan (now Kentville Nissan), and Pearl’s Garage for three years.
Benjamin was originally diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After an exploratory operation in early July, tumours were also discovered on his liver.
His brother, Mark, wanted to thank all the individual people who have come forward to help, as well as the companies that donated gifts to the auction in support of Benjamin.
“The support and donations are all greatly appreciated,” he said.
Benjamin will be starting chemotherapy on Aug. 14.
“When you aren’t able to work, you run out of money fairly quickly,” said Mark, adding that the cost of commuting from Kentville to Halifax will be significant.
“He’s been really positive, and deserves a lot of credit.”
This is not the first time the family has been faced with cancer. Benjamin’s sister Faye passed away three years ago of lung cancer at the age of 51.
“Cancer is always a shock,” said Mark. “You are never prepared for it.”
For further donations in support of David Benjamin, contact Mark Benjamin at 681-2520.