WINTERS - Members of the Winters community will host a benefit BBQ Brisket Luncheon on Sunday, March 5, at the Winters Community Center from 11 am to 2 p.m. to benefit local resident Andrew New, who is suffering from a rare form of leukemia.

WINTERS - Members of the Winters community will host a benefit BBQ Brisket Luncheon on Sunday, March 5, at the Winters Community Center from 11 am to 2 p.m. to benefit local resident Andrew New, who is suffering from a rare form of leukemia.

New, 21, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) on December 29, 2006, at the age of 10. He has been taking a pill form of chemotherapy every day since he was diagnosed.

On February 17, New learned after having a routine blood test that he was having a serious relapse and was sent to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. His doctors believe that he has developed an immunity to the chemo after being on it for so long, which triggered his relapse.

Doctors are currently running several tests and trying new chemo treatments. Originally his counts dropped with the first treatment, but have started going back up since then. Doctors are waiting for the results of New's biopsy to see if his cancer cells have mutated and to see if his cancer may have progressed to an acute phase. He is currently in Fort Worth and is being monitored closely. Reports should indicate, within a month, if he will need to have a bone marrow transplant. Doctors have said that if a transplant is necessary his down time will be approximately six months.

The meal will include brisket, beans, potato salad, rice, tea and homemade desserts. Cost of the meal is $8 a plate and will be available for dine-in our carry-out. In addition to the meal, a quilt raffle is being held as well as a Silent Auction on the day of the BBQ Luncheon. All proceeds will benefit Winters resident Andrew New who is battling a relapse of leukemia.

Tickets for the quilt are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at Hairway 83, Double J’s or with Shanon Ripley. They will also be available at the benefit. Silent Auction items are also being solicited from New’s classmates, teachers, friends and local community members.

If you would like to donate an auction item, dessert or offer your help for the meal, please contact Deb Pritchard at 325-977-0540 or Shanon Ripley at 325-977-2191. In addition, an account for Andrew New has been established at Security State Bank in Winters for those who wish to make a monetary donation.