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Fundraiser planned at Dairy Queen in Kenhorst for Bill Richards, Fightins' intern fighting rare cancer

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 09 2013 01:10:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2013 01:17:20 PM CDT

Jon Rodriguez/69 News

The Reading Fightin Phils are rallying around one of their own.

KENHORST, Pa. -

The Dairy Queen in Kenhorst, Berks Co., is going to bat for a Reading Fightin Phils intern who is facing the fight of his young life.

The DQ, 820 Kenhorst Plaza (Routes 724 & 625), will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The menu will include pancakes, bacon, bananas, smoothies and coffee.

The cost is $7 for adults; $5 for children/students, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Bill Richards, said Hamid Chaudhry, the DQ Kenhorst owner.

Richards, 23, was diagnosed in March with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer that has since spread to his lungs and jaw. He is scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant in October.

In the meantime, Richards is just taking it day by day, promising not to go down without a fight.

"I see it more now as a challenge than I do something I am scared of. It is not something that I am just going to die from. It is something that I can beat," Richards said.

The Fightin Phils held a blood drive in Richards' name at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday. The team will do so again on Sept. 3.