(Oct. 31, 2014) Bob and Sheila Brittingham will host Bishopville Record Hop 2014 Music For Meso, a fundraiser for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the Bishopville Fire House.
“This fundraiser is so important to us,” Sheila Brittingham said. “We belong to a family of caregivers and survivors.”
According to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF), mesothelioma, sometimes referred to as meso or mesothelioma cancer, is a form of cancer most often caused by asbestos, that affects the smooth lining of the chest, lungs and abdomen. The layer of tissue surrounding these organs is made up of mesothelial cells.
“Mine has been confined to my abdomen,” Bob Brittingham said of his cancer.
Bob was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2012 and underwent surgery July 2012. After his five-pound tumor, spleen and appendix were removed, Bob received chemotherapy directly into his abdomen.
“I’m the lucky one,” Bob said. “Most of the people I have talked to were in a lot more pain.”
“It’s a devastating disease, there is no cure, and the disease is unpreventable,” Sheila said.
There is history behind the Bishopville Record Hop, which is why the Brittinghams have planned their fundraiser in Bishopville.
“We decided to revisit the record hop from days gone by,” Bob said. “Everyone from Stephen Decatur High School, Indian River High School, Berlin and Ocean City went there.”
It will be a night of oldies’ jams with music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s provided by Sky Brady. There is no dress code for the fundraiser, but attendees are encouraged to dress in sock hop attire. Best dancing and best dressed prizes will be awarded.
There will be a silent auction and a Chinese auction during the event, and food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available. One of the silent auction items is a signed picture of Brooks Robinson, a former major league baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles. Other items include food baskets, wine baskets and gift certificates to area restaurants and day spas.
“We feel very lucky, fortunate and blessed,” Sheila said.
Advanced tickets cost $25. The cost to purchase tickets at the door will be $30. All of the proceeds will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and are tax-deductible.
For more information on the Bishopville Record Hop 2014/ Music for Meso fundraiser, call Sheila at 302-381-1289.