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Dinner to help defray costs of battling brain tumor

A dinner and auction will raise money to help a local artist battling brain cancer.  Painter Tracey Clarke, a member of the  Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme. A fundraiser on Dec. 15 will help with medical costs, as well as the expenses of traveling to Duke Tumor Center in Durham, NC.

Clarke, known for her New Mythology series of paintings, underwent a craniotomy, and radiation treatment in 2011, and gamma knife radiosurgery earlier this year. She also requires oral and IV medications to curb the rapid growth of the malignancy. Clarke’s medical expenses are covered partially by insurance, but before coverage kicks in, Clarke and husband, Craig, are responsible for a $5,000 deductible.

A dinner and auction will be held Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m. in the fellowship hall of New City Fellowship Church, 200 Prince Edward St. in Fredericksburg. Guests should access parking by Dunmore Street.

There is no fee for the dinner but a $25 donation is suggested. Auction items include a weekend getaway, private dance lessons and spa services.

Donations are still being accepted for the auction. To donate, contact Pam Kuper at 571-242-7627 or

To RSVP for the event, contact MelissaHouse at 910/459-3625 or

To learn more, click here. Or to donate money online, click  here.