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Saturday barbecue, dance will benefit Drew Stuart

Saturday barbecue, dance will benefit Drew Stuart

Recent LV grad battles leukemia

Everyone is invited to the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall this Saturday, June 29, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., for an event to benefit Andrew “Drew” Stuart, the son of Andy and Audra Stuart.

Drew, 18, is a 2013 graduate of La Vernia High School. He was diagnosed in October 2012 with T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma leukemia.

Immediately, Drew was sent by ambulance to M.D. Anderson in Houston for treatment. Other than an occasional trip home, the entire Stuart family has been maintaining two separate households one in Houston and their home in La Vernia. The cancer and his treatments have been an uphill battle for Drew. He was strong enough to walk the stage to accept his high school diploma earlier this month, his grandmother told the La Vernia News.

Friends decided to hold the benefit to help the family cover the rising costs for Drew’s treatments.

Saturday’s event will begin at 5 p.m. and includes live and silent auctions, horseshoe and washer tournaments, and barbecue plates. Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door; $10 for children 10 and under. Admission incudes dinner and a dance, with music by “Ranch Rock.”

For tickets or more information, call Chris Stanush at 210-854-3249 or Jordan Bailey at 210-601-2274.

What is lymphoblastic leukemia?

According to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia are considered the same disease; they differ in the extent they infiltrate the body’s bone marrow. This “é type of acute leukemia éis aggressive and progresses quickly. It affects a type of white blood cell called T-cells,” according to Leukemia and Lymphoma Research online.

Symptoms include enlarged glands that persist for up to six weeks, abdominal pain due to an enlarged spleen, and frequent and persistent infections. This rare form of lymphoblastic leukemia is rare and occurs usually in late childhood or early adolescence. It is more common in boys than girls.

Treatment, as with many cancers, can include chemotherapy and other approaches.

Benefit Saturday

What: Drew Stuart Benefit

When: Saturday, June 29, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall, U.S. 87 in La Vernia

Cost: $15 presale, $20 at the door; $10 for children age 10 and under

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