As many of you know, a little over a year ago, my now 5-year-old grandson, Adler Bear Carris, son of my daughter and wine partner, Elizabeth Carris, was diagnosed with Grade 2 Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma brain and spinal cancer, hydrocephalus (water on the brain), adrenal insufficiency and severe chronic pain in his lower extremities. You can read a detailed article on Adler’s illness in one of my past blogs.
It is difficult to explain the emotional impact that Adler’s illness has had on each of us personally and financially as a family. Our family is engaged in the biggest fight of our lives. However, with great faith and the belief of a bright future for Adler, we move on minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day.
Adler is a brave warrior with strength greater than a lot of adults I know, perhaps even me. To treat this rare form of cancer, his doctors have created a chemotherapy program consisting of 52 individual treatments over more than a year’s time. In the past year, Adler has received 41 chemotherapy treatments. He has 11 more to go in this cycle of 52 treatments.
2 to 6 p.m., September 12
Elcona Country Club
56784 C.R. 21, Bristol
Tickets: $10 minimum donation, kids get in free
To monitor the effect of these chemotherapy treatments, Adler is required to undergo an extensive MRI every three months at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with this marvelous institution, it is affiliated with Northwestern University.
Two weeks ago, at Adler’s quarterly check-up, we received a wonderful report. It appears that the treatments are working as the cancer is stable and the doctors saw some tumor shrinkage in several of the tumors. Although the fight is far from over, this was encouraging news after almost a year of treatments and emotional ups and downs.
As you might imagine, the financial burden Elizabeth and her husband Aaron are bearing is enormous. Yes, they have insurance to cover most of the actual medical expenses, such as $22,000 MRIs (each time).
It is the non-medical expenses that aren’t covered, such as Aaron’s lost wages when he has to be off for Adler’s treatments (at least one day per week) and examinations, travel expenses for Chicago hospital visits, special medication, special food, etc…believe me, the list is long.
I am very proud of the many sacrifices Elizabeth and Aaron have made to shoulder the financial burden of Adler’s illness.
To help fund these expenses and continue to provide for Adler’s well-being, Adler’s Army is organizing “Assemble for Adler 2” a benefit and silent auction from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, at Elcona Country Club in Elkhart.
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As part of this event, Grandpa (that would be me) has been charged with putting together a silent wine auction for all of my fine blog subscribers and wine friends to participate in.
In order to make this an extraordinary wine auction, I will be reaching into my personal wine cellar and donating some fantastic bottles of California “Cult Wines” from it, such as Harlan Estate, Shafer Hillside Select, Colgin Cellars, Bryant Family and others.
You’re likely to find individual bottles, magnums and perhaps even a couple verticals. You might also find a couple bottles of impressive French wines thrown in for good measure.
I have also reached out to friends in Napa Valley asking them to donate whatever wines they could for this auction. My good friend Didier Loustau of ToutSuite Social Club and Loustau Wines and Marketing has been kind enough to also reach out to the Napa Valley wine community for wine donations and the response has simply been amazing.
We have wines coming from private cellars as well as wineries. There will be wines coming from Bruce Devlin at Three Clicks, from Jack Edwards at Somerston Wines and from Eric Kent Wine Cellars made by the wonderful Humphrey clan (Kent Humphrey is one of our winemakers).
Francesca Huson and Will Hunter from White Oak Wines have already sent a 6-liter bottle of 2007 cabernet sauvignon and good friend Sean Larkin at Larkin Wines has committed to sending wine as well. This is just to name a few.
If you are a wine lover or collector, you will not want to miss the auction. There will be wines available that are almost impossible to buy on the open market.
Remember, save the date September 12, and come with your checkbook or cash in hand ready to bid on this outstanding line-up of wines. Adler and his mother and father can use your support.
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