FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —
By Daryl Fisher
In May of this year, lifelong West Sacramento resident Mike Carr was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia (Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm). At the time of the diagnosis, doctors told Mike he only had a few months to live if he did not start treatment immediately, which he did. But even with three rounds of chemotherapy now behind him, Mike’s prognosis is still uncertain and he will need a bone marrow transplant in the immediate future.
During the lengthy bone marrow transplant process, which will be performed at the University of California at San Francisco and may take up to four months, Mike will be required to stay in San Francisco to undergo daily treatments. Since this will be an out-patient procedure, Mike and his wife, Betty, will be incurring unplanned housing and living expenses and his many West Sacramento friends want to help. To do that, they will be hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser on October 26th at VFW Hall #8762, 905 Drever Street in West Sacramento. The event will start at 6 pm and tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 each. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. A trust fund in Mike’s name is also being set up at West Sacramento’s US Bank.
As many of you know, Mike is a 1964 graduate of West Sacramento’s James Marshall High School where he was a gifted athlete in both football and track. He was named the best looking boy in his senior class, and soon married his high school sweetheart, Betty Klink, who had been named the best looking girl. They have been happily married for 46 years and have two great children, Ryan and Kerri, both of whom attended and graduated from local schools. Mike and Betty are also the proud and devoted grandparents of two, with another one on the way.
Mike spent 31 years as a much-respected West Sacramento fireman, rising to the rank of Fire Captain. In 1990 he was awarded the Medal of Valor by the City of West Sacramento for his heroic actions while rendering aid to a gunshot victim while he was off-duty.
“Nobody has ever had anything but good things to say about Mike,” said his longtime friend and fellow retired fireman, Bob Perry. “He’s a very caring and compassionate person, and those are great traits to have as a fireman. Plus you could always trust him to keep up his end of things on every call and all of us who worked with him over the years want to do anything we can to help him through these tough times.”
“Mike and I have been best friends since I can remember,” said Dickie Kimbrough, who played football and ran track with Mike in high school. “He’s about the nicest guy on earth, and all of his friends are so sad that he’s having to go through such a difficult time in his life. To tell you the truth, he’s taking it a lot better than we are, and the fundraiser at least gives us all something positive to do while Mike does all the real work of trying to get better. He’s a great husband, father, grandfather and friend, and I love him like a brother. And I hope anyone who can attend the fundraiser or donate to the fund will do so. Believe me, it will be greatly appreciated!”
For information about purchasing tickets for the spaghetti feed fundraiser, or if you would just like to donate to the fund being set up in Mike’s name, contact Julie and Bob Perry at 371-8839 or Dorothy and Don Logsdon at 371-5822 or Julie Coulombe at 483-8808.
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