Local cancer doctor to be sawed in half Saturday | Community Spirit
SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Dr. William Barrett of the Barrett Cancer Center has agreed to be sawed in half this Saturday at Princeton High School’s auditorium.
It’s all for a good cause. “A Kid Again”, is a nonprofit organization providing group activities to groups of children with life threatening illnesses serving nearly 600 families in the Greater Cincinnati Area. The organization approached Barrett to be their Honorary Chair for a fundraiser called “Miracles & Magic” an entertaining variety show of comedy, magic and grand illusion.
The Barrett Cancer Center not only treats adults, but children suffering with cancer. Several children in the program are patients of Dr. Barrett’s which made it easy for him to accept as the event’s Honorary Chair. Dr. Barrett says “A Kid Again is a wonderful program, and laughter is certainly something these kids and their families need. If that includes seeing me sawed in half, I’m happy to do it…so long as they put me back together for Father’s Day.”
Magicians David Williamson (comedy magician), Matt Jergens (comedy juggler) and Jon Petz (comedy magician and show producer) have all promised to put Dr. Barrett together again in one piece before the end of the night… but say he may want to call his health insurance company ahead of time to see if this is covered under his plan.
A Kid Again Cincinnati Executive Director Michelle Johnson plans these group events year round for kids in the program. Thrilled when Barrett accepted, she said, “many kids in our programs have lost their hair, or are in a wheelchair, and to see their faces light up at an event where we have 600 other children that look like them, allows them to feel normal, just like...A Kid Again. Having firsthand knowledge of what our kids face, and how a life threatening illness affects the entire family. Dr. Barrett was the perfect fit as Honorary Chair.”
The Miracles and Magic event provides fundraising that allows A Kid Again to continue providing these on-going group adventures for children with life threatening illnesses. These children are counting the days until their next adventure, looking forward to joining friends they met through the program as they understand all too well, one another’s circumstances. A Kid Again also serves as a wonderful resource for parents to surround themselves with a support group of other families that face the challenges of a child with a serious illness.
For additional information on donations to A Kid Again, or to purchase advance tickets to the Miracles and Magic Show visit: http://www.akidagain.org.
The event is Saturday (June 16th). Doors open at 4 p.m., and the Miracles and Magic Show 5-70 p.m. It’s at Princeton High School, Matthews Auditorium, 25 W. Sharon Road at I-75, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.
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