Burien benefit tonight for Joshua Watler’s fight against leukemia

Tonight at Bison Creek Pizza in Burien, friends and family are gathering to raise money for Joshua Watler, a community organizer who has worked around the region but is now in his biggest fight yet – for his life, battling a second round of leukemia (ALL).

White Center’s Full Tilt, Company, Proletariat Pizza, and 3.14 Bakery are among those who have donated to the silent auction and raffle tonight, 5-10:30 pm at Bison Creek. (Here’s the Facebook event.)

If you haven’t met Joshua – here’s what event organizers write about him:

First diagnosed in 2009, Joshua has not only survived surgery to remove a tumor, intensive chemo, and years of maintenance chemo, but while he was doing all that the first time, he started a unique community union (OUR Washington) for regular people – often the most disenfranchised and ignored people in our society.

He then started a second nonprofit (WA Prosperity Center) to connect the members of his community union and the members of the larger community with available services. He did all this, again, while undergoing cancer treatment. Joshua achieved his first remission last spring. Unfortunately, just 6 months later, the leukemia returned. This time, his only option for survival is a bone marrow transplant. Joshua has been approved and found a match and the dates are set, but now he needs your help; we need to raise $10,000 in just a few weeks to cover his portion of the bone marrow transplant. After the transplant, Joshua will be disabled for several months (up to a year), and he will need further help with funds. Please help us keep Joshua alive, for his sake, for the sake of those of us who love him, and for the sake of the community he serves.

To find out more – go to tonight’s event! And check out these links – Joshua’s Trust Fund and Joshua’s public Facebook page.

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