PORT DICKINSON (WBNG) – The community was out in force on Sunday as thousands gathered for “Tips and Tunes for Tim” at the Chenango Commons Golf Course.
McGirk’s Irish Pub co-owner, Tim Ward, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in April, was touched by the support.
“This is really something. I knew they were running a fundraiser for me. I did not expect this kind of level of turnout,” Ward said. “Honest to God, I did not expect it.”
Crowds were treated to live music from local bands and musicians, food and drink to enjoy, and words from Ward himself.
“This isn’t really for me. This is for everybody, every human being that I can think of,” Ward said. “I want everybody tomorrow morning to look at your calendar, go make your appointment for your colonoscopy, prostate exam, mammogram, whatever. Do your annual tests specifically for any type of cancer prevention.”
Family member’s of the pub owner were in awe of how the community has responded to Ward.
“It’s incredible. Tim definitely makes an impression on everyone he meets,” said Ward’s nephew Charles Kane. “It’s so good to see that both him and the establishment he has had made such an impact on his community, and it’s really nice to see that culminate in support like this.”
Ward’s daughter and co-organizer of the event, Megan Ward, echoed a similar sentiment.
“To have all these people here is incredible, people we’ve seen, people we see every day, there’s some people we haven’t seen in years. Everybody has come out for my dad to show their support and just hang out, and just be a part of something,” Ward said. “It gives him more strength to have people here supporting him.”
Jordan Patch, another co-organizer, gave credit to the community for helping Ward and his family.
“At the end of the day it’s come together because our community is here and making it a success,”. You leave here doing something good, you spent a few bucks, you gave a man a lot of hope and a lot of strength and at the end of the day.”
Ward told 12 News he has two full rounds of chemotherapy remaining before his next diagnosis.