Bristol and Warren communities rally around sick teen

Cory Burke (center) is getting a little help from his (many) friends in Warren and Bristol.

Cory Burke (center) is getting a little help from his (many) friends in Warren and Bristol.

Warren and Bristol are rallying around a Bristol family as their son faces a battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood bone cancer.

Already, several fund-raisers have been held for Cory Burke, the son of Jerry and Sue Burke of Bristol, and another is planned for Saturday, Dec. 1. The most recent was held Saturday, when dozens of residents met at the Market Street Pub in Warren for the Cory Burke Corn Hole Tournament. In all, there were 32 teams of two playing in the tournament, and it was all capped off by a macaroni dinner at the pub, as well as raffles. Organizers were Wayne Marshall, Lee Head, Jimmy “The Rug” Stewart and John Lunney, and organizers report that the effort raised $4,000 for the Burkes. Cory played in the tournament.

The next fund-raiser is a breakfast scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Franklin Court (150 Franklin St.) in Bristol. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. To order, call St. Elizabeth Manor at 253-2300. Proceeds will be directed to a special fund established at People’s Credit Union, the “Cory Won’t Fight Alone” Fund.

Cory’s mom is a nurse at St. Elizabeth Manor and has worked there for 15 years. When he was younger, Cory was a student at the St. Elizabeth pre-school located inside the same facility.

After the family learned of Cory’s cancer, they immediately brought him to the Dana Farber Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment. The parents’ lives have been turned upside down, and more fund-raisers are being planned to help the family cope with the financial stress of Cory’s illness.


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