Float for a Cure benefits cancer treatment at WMHS

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Ben Kosewski, executive director of the Schwab Family Cancer Center, left, and Karen Johnson, chief development officer for the WMHS Foundation, receive a check from Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill, representing the Stray Cat Alumni’s 2019 Float for a Cure.

Back for a second year, cancer survivors from Keyser raised more than $2,700 this year to aid patients undergoing cancer treatment at Western Maryland Health System.

Corporate and individual sponsors in and around Mineral County, W.Va., supported cancer survivors Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill in 2019, who nearly doubled their contributions over last year.

The six-mile river trip and fundraiser was created in 2018 to honor the late Artie Hartman, founder of the Stray Cat Café, which closed after 30 years when Hartman lost his battle with colorectal cancer in 2016.

Patrons and friends joined the paddlers for a picnic celebration at Riverdale Acres following the float this year in July, complete with food and live entertainment.

Proceeds benefit the WMHS Schwab Family Cancer Center patient assistance fund. The fund benefits area cancer patients experiencing financial challenges for basic needs while fighting a life-threatening illness.