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Benefit July 25 for Brian Bommersbach

Family and friends are banding together for a special benefit event for Brian "Bommer" Bommersbach that will take place Thursday, July 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the El Zagal Shrine Center, 1429 3rd St. N.

A picnic dinner of hot dogs, chips and baked beans will be served and free will donations will be accepted. There will also be a silent auction, bake sale, raffle and entertainment by Lake Country Band.

Brian was diagnosed with acute leukemia in May. He is currently completing round three of chemotherapy in at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colo. in preparation for a stem cell transplant he is scheduled to receive Aug. 15 from an anonymous international donor who is a perfect match.

Brian is the son of Terry and Kim Bommersbach, West Fargo, and a 1994 graduate of West Fargo High School. He lives in Fraser, Colo., where he and his wife, Amissa, operate their own business, Cleaning Green. They have a 7-year-old daughter, Kya.

Following the transplant, Brian will be hospitalized for 30 days and then spend another 60 to 70 days in a care facility where his family will be involved in the caregiving.

His mom, Kim, employed at Sanford, and his dad, Terry, a city of West Fargo Street Department employee will be part of that team, taking time off from their positions starting Aug. 9 to assist in that process.

Brian will be unable to work for at least a year, so his wife intends to keep their business running.

Given his course of treatment, Brian won't be able to attend the benefit but will be a part of it in mind and spirit.

Proceeds will go towards uninsured medical and relocation expenses as the family faces at least four months recovery time away from their home.

Those unable to attend who would still like to contribute can do so by making a donation to the Brian Bommersbach Medical Fund at any Wells Fargo bank location, or to a fundraising campaign established in Brian's honor -- HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the Midwest/West Stem Cell Transplant Fund, and administered by HelpHOPELive for transplant-related expenses only. Checks can be made payable to: HelpHOPELive (note in memo section: in honor of Brian Bommersbach and send to: HelpHOPELive, 2 Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100, Radnor, Pa. 19087. Donations can also be made online by visiting and entering Brian Bommers Bommersbach in the "Find a Patient" box on the home page.

A Caringbridge site has also been established that is updated frequently providing updates on Brian's progress. It is accessible at: Brian Bommersbach.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the benefit.