NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The Mikey Czech Foundation, based in New Canaan, is hosting "Rockin' For a Cure," a charity benefit to raise money for research to find a cure for pediatric brain tumors.
Presented by Moms for Mikey, the gala will feature the music of Styx with founding member Dennis DeYoung.
The event is on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Woodway Country Club, at 540 Hoyt St., Darien. It starts at 6:30 p.m.
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Mikey Czech, from New Canaan, was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of brain tumors in children between the ages of 3 and 16. DIPGs are inoperable, incurable and, until recently, unable to be biopsied.
Conventional treatment consists of general radiation and chemotherapy. Alternative treatments include clinical trials (250 in the past 30 years), which, to date, have proven no more effective than conventional treatment.
Mikey's radiation treatment and clinical trial ended on March 6, 2008. He had a wonderful four months after his treatment ended. But he became ill Aug. 1, 2008, from complications.
On Sept. 7, 2008, Mikey lost his battle and died unexpectedly at his home. He will forever be loved and missed by his friends all over the world, his family and by the community he loved so much.
Mikey was an inspiration to everyone who met him and who learned of his fight with cancer. The community embraced him because of the strength and courage he portrayed during his struggle. His family and friends are committed to continuing Mikey’s inspiring legacy by establishing The Mikey Czech Foundation.