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A Luzerne County Community Steps Up To Help Their Mayor

Benefit was held for Nanticoke Mayor who is battling cancer

NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) - A local Luzerne County Mayor received a well deserved celebration after battling leukemia for several months.

The Nanticoke community put a benefit together to let him know that he doesn't have to fight alone.

Back in November, Mayor Richie Wiaterowski went to the hospital with "flu like symptoms"...only to learn he had leukemia.

It was the last thing he expected to hear.

"Needless to say at the age of 44 I was very upset that I had to go through cancer twice in my life," said Mayor of Nanticoke, Richie Wiaterowski.

Mayor Wiaterowski had also battled testicular cancer a decade ago.

"It's been tough. If I didn't have my wife my family my friends the cards the support I've been getting, it would've been really hard," said Mayor Wiaterowski.

"It's been rough, hard on the family but we all come together, we're doing it," said his sister, Nancy Potsko.

Now, the Nanticoke community has proven they'll go the distance to let him know they're not leaving his side through his journey.

"The last month or so of this coming together has really showed a lot of devotion and love and support from the community to the family," said close relative, Michelle Samo.

Raffles, auctions and a photobooth were set up all day long to help him cover the cost of treatment.

And there was a seemingly endless supply of food donations.

"Raising money for all of his medical bills while he's trying to fight leukemia," said Potsko.

Several local bands donated their time to play live music throughout the entire day.

"The turn out has been incredible the community has really come together to support Rich and his family," said Samo.

"These are the real native Nanticoke people here and when somebody's sick they pull together and they make it happen," said Mayor Wiaterowski.

It's times like these, many say that you stick together.

"It all comes down to family friends and love honestly," said Potsko.

All of the funds raised tonight will help support Mayor Richie Wiaterowski's medical bills.

 


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