As most of you know by now, Tim Conners has been battling leukemia and all of its side effects since April. The treatments that he has received to date have not been successful so a bone marrow transplant has been scheduled for September in Boston.
Mike, Betsy, Mikey and Tim comprise the Connersâ€™ Clan. Mike is a teacher and the varsity football and wrestling coach at G. Ray Bodley High School. Betsy is a former Lanigan Elementary School Principal and presently the Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment for the Fulton school system. Brother Mikey is a June graduate of G.R.B. and is about to begin his college career at Oswego State. He will provide the bone marrow that Tim needs for recovery.
It was a privilege for us to attend an extremely successful benefit recently held for Tim at Lakeview Lanes. The turnout of people in support of Tim and the Connersâ€™ Clan was overwhelming. It was also a very emotional time for us as people opened up their hearts and generously contributed funds to help defray the cost of Timâ€™s treatments. People purchased chicken dinners, beverages, baked goods, tee shirts, raffle tickets, 50/50â€™s, participated in a silent auction and bowled for Tim.
In the hours that we were there, some things happened that made us swallow hard. When entering the Lakeview Lanes parking lot we saw the Chittenango football team that traveled to Fulton to support Tim. It was an impressive sight. While we were talking with Mike, a young girl came up to him and handed the raffle tickets she had just purchased saying that if her ticket were drawn, she wanted Tim to win. Another moment was when a raffle ticket seller excitedly said aloud to us and Timâ€™s grandma Norma that Tim had won again as people were purchasing raffle tickets not with the expectancy of winning for themselves but winning for Tim. In addition, as we left, we saw the Mohawk haircuts the Fulton football team was getting with a T etched in a space above their ears.
The spirit of our community was at its best at a time when we all needed to come together. All of our prayers and hope for the very best outcome go out to Tim and his family. We will continue to send positive energy their way every day.
In closing, we want to commend the committee who pulled this all together and all the volunteers who made it work. There are so many people to thank for organizing and working the benefit including Jeff and Stacy Waldron, the Woodworth Family, Mike Tryniski and his staff, all the many volunteers including the administrators, coaches, teachers, public officials, athletes, relatives and so many friends.
It was a tremendous effort for Tim Terrific, as his mom calls him, and his most respected family members who have kept us all abreast of Timâ€™s treatments, his likes and dislikes and both his good and bad days through www.CaringBridge.org whose goal is â€œConnecting Family and Friends When Health Matters Most.
Bob & Sandy Weston