Benefit this weekend to aid Clay man with lung cancer

Angela Brennan and her husband, Bob, will celebrate their 20th anniversary next month.

She's hoping it's a good one, since it may be his last.

Bob Brennan, 50, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in April. The cancer has already metastasized to his brain, liver and ribs. He had brain surgery earlier this summer and is currently undergoing chemo and radiation treatments, but the five-year survival rate for patients with Stage IV lung cancer is less than 2 percent.

Friends and neighbors of the Brennan family are holding a benefit this weekend to help them out with their expenses. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Aug. 17 at the Clay fire station on Route 31. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 13 and free for children 5 and under. The benefit will include a DJ, a 50/50 raffle, numerous gift raffles, food and entertainment for the kids.

"Angela and Bob's neighbors and friends have rallied around the family to help them with this benefit because they are in true financial hardship," said Kelli Martino, a friend of the family and one of the benefit's organizers. "They really relied on Bob's income to make ends meet. He hasn't been able to work, and with the increased medical and transportation costs, they are in dire need of assistance."

Martino, who has known the family for seven years, said it also helps the people who know and love the Brennans.

"It helps us to do something for them," she said. "They always do for the community. This family is a very caring group of people, and they give back to the community in so many ways."

Indeed, Angela Brennan said their friends and neighbors have provided plenty of support for the family since Bob's diagnosis.

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