Bloomingdale Beef’s holds benefit for cancer victim
For the second time, Roger Camille has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
This time around, the crew at Beef ‘O Brady’s on Bell Shoals Road is stepping up to help him. Camille’s wife, Kim, known at the restaurant as KJ, has been a server there for eight years, so her coworkers wanted to lend a hand.
The fundraising begins Friday night at Bloomingdale High School with a basketball game between students and faculty. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. The game is followed by a spirit night at Beef’s, 4330 Bell Shoals Road, with a portion of the night’s proceeds going to Camille.
Then, at 7 a.m. Saturday there will be a yard sale in front of Beef’s. Beginning at noon, the Kids Corner opens with face painting and a bounce house. Donations will be accepted at both events. Organizers will also sell $2 grilled hot dogs,$3 burgers and $4 combos of burgers and chips, said Danielle McCarthy, bartender and assistant manager at Beef’s.
There will also be live entertainment and drawings, said Kathryn Belcher, a Beef’s server and also a friend of the Camilles. Bracelets for $1 to $3 will be sold to raise money.
“KJ and Roger have been together for years and just got married a few weeks ago,” Belcher said. “They have a son name Christian who is almost two. They’ve been the perfect couple, always supporting each other.”
And now, they need help from the community, she said.
Camille, who works security for Hyde Park Café and at Raymond James Stadium, will be out of work for three to six months as he awaits a bone marrow transplant to battle the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Belcher said Camille was first diagnosed about 18 months ago and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. “This time, he’s at Moffitt Cancer Center and is undergoing some treatment.
“This is our way of helping them out,” she said. “They are two good people who don’t deserve this. We want to get the whole community together for this.”
The crew is hoping to raise at least $5,000. All donations will go to the Camille Family Cancer Fund.
A silent auction will feature a shoe signed by Florida Gators football great Tim Tebow, tickets to the Coca-Cola Museum, a hotel stay in Atlanta and gift cards from bars, restaurants and hair salons throughout the Greater Brandon area.