Harrison Township — While watching Denver’s impressive defense control Carolina’s Cam Newton, the Knights of the Columbus were working to stomp out cancer.
Gathered in the St. Hubert Parish Hall in Harrison Township, watching the game, eating snacks and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow parishioners, the local Knights of Columbus raised money on behalf of a fellow Knight.
“We do a big Super Bowl party, big screens, a silent auction, food, just about all the works,” said Adam Wit, a St. Hubert parishioner and Knights of Columbus Council No. 11658 member.
In 2010, Wit was diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Wit received treatment at Bingham Medical Center in Dearborn and the Dana-Farber Center in Boston, but the constant travel back and forth took its toll.
The Knights stepped up, providing food, emotional support and prayers to Wit and his family during his treatment.
“When Adam was diagnosed, the Knights stepped up and asked what they could do to help,” said Susan Wit, Adam’s mother, who
now raises money for cancer research. “Waldenstrom is a rare decease, and Adam was only 28 at the time of being diagnosed. There are only a couple hospitals that have the research facility specific to Waldenstrom.”
Wit is managing his condition well. He married his wife four months before being diagnosed; with her by his side, he made his way through the treatment and now has an 8-month-old son.
Thankful for the support he received from the Knights, Wit now helps out in any way can, raising money for cancer research.
“A lot of families in the Knights of Columbus Council brought me meals when I was recovering,” Wit said. “When I recovered, my family and I wanted to give back, because so many people have
been touched by cancer.”
Council Grand Knight Erni Boulos said helping out the Wit family is the least the Knights could do, as taking care of one of their own is what the Knights are all about.
“In all honesty, we supply the labor and manpower; Susan and Robert (Adam’s father) do a great job with organizing the different charity functions,” Boulos said. “Right now, the total they’ve raised is $120,000, aided by our guys. Typically, we bring in around $9,000 for Super Bowl Sunday, selling tickets to the party. There’s a lot of cooking to be done, setting up and tearing down,
managing the tables and the Knights are just glad to help.”
St. Hubert had a lot to be proud of in their Knights of Columbus council, which does an estimated 113 events a year. The council was recently honored in August 2015 at the 133rd Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia as the International Service Program winner for fundraising for the Wits’ cause.
“(The recognition) gives us a little bit of pride, we are helping out someone we know,” Boulos said. “With a lot of the things we do, many of the charities, we don’t get to talk to the people we help out. When it’s someone you know, your heart really goes into it.”
The council recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and already has an impressive list of accolades, winning two international awards and a second- and third-place prize.
With the love and support of the community behind his cause, Wit can’t help but feel grateful.
“It means the world for them to take up this cause; I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer,” Wit said. “When people donate to the cause, they know they might not being helping a friend tomorrow, but they will help someone down the line.”
Donate to the cause
To help Adam Wit’s cause, mail to “Wit Family Fund,” Knights of Columbus Council No. 11658, St. Hubert Parish, 38775 Prentiss St., Harrison Township, MI 48045.