Restaurant event raises money for customer’s cancer treatment

Magen McCrarey

Culver’s restaurant opened earlier than usual last Saturday morning at 7 a.m. to host an all-you-can-eat Pancake and Bacon Breakfast to raise money for long-time customer Bob Christensen.

Christensen, 65, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006 and then had his prostrate removed. But in 2008, the cancer returned to his body as bone cancer.

Culver’s Owner Don Durflinger said he’s known Christensen for about eight years but was unaware of his four-year struggle with cancer.

“Bob is one of the best men I’ve ever met,” he said.

The fundraiser will help Christensen afford travel to Tulsa, Okla. for treatments for his stage-four bone cancer.

About $1,681 was raised at the event.

Christensen lives in Glasgow, but works at Tile Trends which is near Culver’s restaurant in Bowling Green.

“I’ve been a customer ever since it opened, I go at least three to four times a week,” he said.

Christensen’s wife, Mary, was determined to find someone to help her husband.

“I’ve got a lot to be living for,” Bob Christensen said referring to his 10 children and 27 grandchildren.

After local doctors said he wasn’t showing any signs of progress from the chemotherapy any longer, his wife did some research online to find a new treatment facility for her husband.

And she found the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Okla.

“They’ve really been a blessing to us, not only for him, but a guide for me,” she said.

For each flight to the center, it costs the Christensens about $800.

Mary Christensen said she worries about if they will have the funds to afford the next trip for her husband’s treatment.

“Bob and I just are very grateful for the community, their support and prayers,” she said. “Without them, we wouldn’t know where we would be at.”

Durflinger said he hopes to continue utilizing his restaurant for as many fundraisers as he can to benefit the community in the future.

“Try to do what you can for people-you can do a lot,” he said.