Rich Addie is no stranger in the Milton area.
Addie and his wife, Bonnie, who live in Janesville, have three children who attended schools in the Milton school district. Addie himself is a Milton High School alum.
“Rich has always been an energetic person,” said his niece Ali Grischow, who grew up in Milton. “Whether it is going for a run, playing the drums in Two Left Feet, or working at Addie Water Systems, he is always finding ways to stay active.”
In March Addie became ill and recently he has suffered a significant loss of body functions. Diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma in his brain, he was in the intensive care unit at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison.
B-cell lymphoma refers to types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that are characterized by abnormalities of the “B-cells” (a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies to help fight infection). The National Institutes of Health categorizes B-cell lymphoma as a rare cancer.
Addie is currently undergoing chemotherapy. With the aggressive treatment and rehab, he hopes to regain the functions he has lost. Already he is showing progress.
He is now in a rehabilitation facility in Sun Prairie.
Family and friends of Addie are doing a fundraiser this Saturday (June 15) at Lucy’s Hideaway, 5847 County Highway N, Milton. A run/walk starts at 10 a.m. Arrive between 8-10 a.m. to sign up. A $25 entry fee includes a shirt. The path for the run/walk is the trail across the street from Lucy’s Hideaway. Following the walk, music, food and raffles will be held.
“This tragic event has not only impacted his health and well-being but has been extremely hard for his family to watch,” Grischow said.
She encourages community members to help show love and support for Addie and his family in any way they can.
A GoFundMe Page also has been set up for anyone who would like to donate who is unable to attend the benefit. As of Tuesday $700 had been raised toward the $5,000 goal.