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Benefit concert to be held for transplant patient

SUMNER — The fund raising for a man in the Albany area who needs a double-lung transplant is ongoing, with the next effort being a benefit concert at the Sumner Auditorium in Worth County on Saturday.

The concert is set for 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the auditorium, which is located at 704 Walnut St. in Sumner. It is being held to help raise funds for Eddie Etheridge, who suffers from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease that has since put him out of work and on oxygen almost constantly, his nephew, Rocky Etheridge, told The Albany Herald in an interview last month.

Through an account with Help Hope Live, his family and friends have been collecting funds by various means to help offset the necessary costs for him to re-gain his well-being.

“He has to have a double-lung transplant, and we are just trying to raise money — and he needs it desperately,” said Glenn Goff, coordinator for Saturday’s event.

“… He is an old friend of mine. I own a sound and light company, and I am setting everything up just to help him out.”

There is a line-up of all local acts expected, such as Dyane (Wimpy) Bowden, Dan Crowder, Rocky Duckworth and students from SOWEGA Performing Arts as well as Ed Lockmiller and Roxanne. There is no cost to attend, but Goff said there will be a request made for donations at the event for people to give what they can.

Goff said Tuesday there was no specific fund raising goal set for the concert.

This event will follow a lawnmower raffle that took place on Aug. 3 at Lawn Performance on Wilmar Lane to help raise funds for the transplant. For that event, raffle tickets were sold at $20 a piece to raffle off a mower valued at $7,000 that had been donated by Grasshopper Mowers. This was preceded by a barbecue held at the same location on July 20.

For more information on Saturday’s event, contact Goff at (229) 733-0909. More information can be found on Eddie Etheridge’s story at www.helphopelive.org.