In 1992, Mark Mazziotta’s sister, Marie Annette, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We started an event to support the families hurt by this disease,” Mazziotta said of a fundraiser held at his restaurant, Potts Doggie Shop, 2428 Cherryville Road, Northampton. “This is our 20th event.”
Marie died in 2006.
“My sister had six kids, and she passed away at 52,” Mazziotta said.
The hot dog stand was packed with local supporters for the annual event held Jan. 14. All the proceeds from the sale of hot dogs and trimmings goes to a family affected by cancer. Patrons are encouraged to kick in an additional donation.
This year, the proceeds will go to Hanna Edelman, a 13-year-old Northampton Area Middle School student who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and underwent a bone-marrow transplant to put the cancer on the run.
Hanna has had a recurrence of the disease and is scheduled at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for a stint to get treated with immune therapy, the latest advance in cancer treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing powers to combat the disease.
With most of his sister’s children grown, Mazziotta said he continues to support families who are affected by the disease.
“We work locally to find families that need our help,” he said.
The local organization that helps Mazziotta find the families is the William J. Tauschman Memorial Cancer Volunteers. Travis Pezzuto is the local chairman.
“We try to find families that need our help most and then we refer them over to Mark and his brother (Bob),” Pezzuto said. “This fundraiser has been a great benefit to the families and to our volunteers who keep our organization functioning to support cancer victims.”
The Mazziotta brothers put on more than just a dinner at their restaurant. This year, deejay Harry Remaly and a host of his friends entertained with tunes. During breaks in the action, Randy Shelly and his son Cory performed live.