Friends come through for Hodgkin’s patient


First Posted: 5/16/2013

A few months ago after Brianne Balchune was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer her friends joined her fight with a lottery-ticket wreath raffle.

Family Prescription Counter in Duryea and its owners, Chris Hampel and Tony Kleynoski, coordinated the raffle and donated the lottery tickets. Balchune’s sister, Chartan Innamorati, provided the wreath while Tomlinson’s Floral assembled it. Tickets were sold at the pharmacy and the Town Tavern.

The winner was Kenny Karboski who, in turn, gave the wreath to Balchune. All proceeds helped to defray Balchune’s unexpected medical costs.

“I would like to sincerely thank all who participated for your generosity including family, friends, strangers, and employees of the Stafford Ave Post Office in Scranton,” said Balchune.

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