Tiger golf team plans benefit for ill teammate

The Grand Junction High School golf team is sponsoring a fundraiser for one of its own.

Junior Mike Bamford, who was born with cystic fibrosis, was diagnosed in September with a rare form of leukemia. He is being treated at Children’s Hospital in Denver for an infection that left him comatose for a time.

“Four days ago, he got out of the ICU,” his father, Rick, said Wednesday. “It’s just about a miraculous turnaround from where he was. We were really scared a week ago.”

Physicians have told the Bamford family that the conjunction of the leukemia and cystic fibrosis is unique and poses a particularly difficult treatment puzzle.

Members of the golf team, who on Tuesday night applauded as Bamford was awarded an honorary letter during the team banquet, are selling tickets to a benefit dinner and silent auction aimed at helping the Bamford family deal with expenses.

The dinner and silent auction is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Grand Junction High School auditorium.

Auction items include two round-trip tickets to Denver via Denver Air; four floor tickets to a Denver Nuggets game with parking pass; a Durango hotel and golf package; an iPod, two iPod Shuffles; fireplace patio set; a 32-inch flat-screen TV; a Christopher Tomlinson photograph; custom jewelry; an autographed Al Wilson football; two snowboards; two $100 Best Buy gift cards and other items.

Tickets are $5 and are available from members of the golf team. Additional information is available at the school’s main office, 254-6900.

Contributions also can be made to The Mike Bamford Benefit Account at Sooper Credit Union. Call 242-0123 for more information.

Mike is in a regular oncology room and is bearing up, his father said.

“I can’t say he’s a really happy 16-year-old,” Rick Bamford said. “Two months ago he was playing golf. But he’s being strong and doing what he has to do.”


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