A benefit will be held at the Olde Fish House Marina next month for a single mother who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Joseph Thomas O'Rourke, otherwise known as "Shadow," said his daughter, Kimberly Marie O'Rourke, 46, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, which has moved into her lymph nodes and bones. She began chemotherapy about two weeks ago. She came down with pneumonia before her second chemotherapy treatment and was placed in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Shadow said she is doing better and was moved out of ICU.
"She is good spirits," he said.
Kim lived on Pine Island for a while before moving to Cape Coral. Shadow said she used to work at the Oyster House, which is now Miceli's, before she began working at Palmetto Pines Country Club.
Shadow said his daughter has four children, three girls and one boy, along with two grandchildren. She also has three sisters who live in Michigan.
If You Go:
What: Kickin it for Kim Benefit
Benefactor: Kim O'Rourke and family
When: Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2-6 p.m.
Where: Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha
Tickets: $10 for a pulled BBQ pork platter
Ticket location: Olde Fish House
Marina and St. James Auto
"Being a single mom, she is pretty tough," he said. "I keep her laughing and smiling."
Shadow said he has lived on the island for 15 years and knows just how close knit the community is and how fast everyone jumps in when someone needs help.
He said he used to work for Breastfest when it was held in St. James City.
"It has more of a meaning now it hit home," Shadow said.
The "Kickin it for Kim" benefit will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, from 4-6 p.m., at the Olde Fish House Marina. Presale tickets are now available at the Olde Fish House Marina and St. James Auto for $10. The ticket includes a pulled BBQ pork platter with macaroni salad, potato salad and baked beans.
"All the proceeds are going to the family," Olde Fish House Marina Operating Manager Lisa Dence said.
The event will include live music from Ground Down and Soapbox, along with raffles, 50/50 drawing and silent auction.
Dence said any business interested in dropping off a donation to be raffled off can see her at the marina. She said donation buckets have also been set up at local restaurants in St. James City, Bokeelia and Matlacha for those who want to make a monetary donation to Kim and her family.