Friends and family of Terry Kast are holding a cancer benefit at noon, Sunday, June 3, at Club 505, 505 E. State St., Rockford.
Kast is a loving father and friend, as well as a Navy veteran, who recently learned he has prostate and lung cancer. His family and friends are planning a benefit to help with travel expense to doctor appointments and other medical expense. In the Navy, he was a Quartermaster III who served on the recovery ship for astronaut Alan Shepard.
Kast, a long-time manager at Leisure Tyme Billiards in Rockford, often held benefits for other families in need. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer several years ago at the VA hospital in Madison, Wis. He was taking treatments, but the cancer has returned and metastasized, and now it is in his lungs, lymph nodes and throat. He was given the opportunity for surgery, which has a 50-50 chance of success because one tumor is located next to his carotid artery.
Kast has a fianceé and two grown daughters, Krystal and Lonnie, who are helping organize the benefit along with friend Jodi Daily. He was the vice president and district vice president for the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) for many years, and was an active supporter of blues and jazz bands in town. He is a member of the Crossroads Blues Society and, during his stint at Leisure Tyme, had bands performing every week.
Cost of the benefit is a $5 donation at the door. There will be food, 50/50 raffles throughout the day, door prizes, and music provided by the Dan Voll Band, the Beat Merchants, Ken Curtis, The Basement Blues Band, Richie Cole from Trenton, N.J., Stonefree, and The Lennys from Chicago. Restaurants donating food are: 505 Lounge, Altamores Ristorante, Table 13, Pinnons and Bistros of Janesville, Wis.
from the May 30-June 5, 2007, issue