Community support needed for brothers battling Crohn’s and leukemia

Being a parent of three children is the hardest job anyone can have, but what happens when two of your three children are battling severe illnesses? That’s when Kathy Karam of Depew turned from mom to “supermom.”

Karam is a mom to three boys: Anthony, 19, Logan, 16, and Nicholas, 11. Nicholas is battling Crohn’s disease and her oldest son, Anthony, was just recently diagnosed with leukemia. He is currently at Children’s Hospital receiving treatment and his mother and brothers have stood by his side every second.

But unfortunately being a single mom, Kathy can’t be at two places at once. Her home has been forced into foreclosure and one son is staying at his cousin’s house and the other with friends. This is a terrible situation for a family who is going through enough right now, so the boys’ cousin, Becky Bielat, and other members of the family have stepped up to help.

“‘You will not go through this alone,” Bielat said to her aunt.

A benefit will be held 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at East Seneca Fire Hall, 100 Lein Road, West Seneca. All proceeds will go toward giving the family and Anthony a nice home to come back to when he finishes treatment. If you cannot attend the benefit and would still like to make a donation, you may do so here:

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