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Family gears up for smokin' benefit to help cancer victim




Charlie "C.B." Barb was diagnosed with tracheal cancer in November.

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Charlie "C.B." Barb was diagnosed with tracheal cancer in November.

"They were told it was inoperable from the beginning and any chemo would simply buy him time," said Charlie's sister, Karen Pfeifer.

A little more than 10 months and four rounds of chemo later, Barb still is pushing on.

"He has one of the best attitudes I have ever seen, and I think that has carried him through," Pfeifer said. "He is a fighter. He is not going to give up. We are glad for that. He had a rough time about five months ago."

Pfeifer said the fourth round of chemo "really knocked him down."

Chemo was her brother's only option, she said, as he already had received the maximum safe lifetime dose of radiation while battling cancer in his neck and lymph nodes 15 years ago.

To help Barb offset medical costs, the family is selling "chances" to win a sidecar smoker and accepting donations.

The smoker sits where a sidecar of a motorcycle would be.

Pfeifer said the idea to raise money took shape in March when her siblings and her husband were discussing how a benefit dance could take place on behalf of Barb.

The sidecar smoker was built by Dennis Clark, Garden City, who Pfeifer said has built other smokers and given them away in various fundraising events.

The sidecar smoker and motorcycle, which is not able to driven, will arrive Friday at Doerflers' Harley-Davidson and be available for viewing until Oct. 4.

Tim Pfeifer said the sidecar smoker would be neat to see, especially if someone is interested in motorcycles or into barbecue.

Karen Pfeifer said people can donate or purchase chances to win the smoker while it is at Doerflers'. She added any amount is appreciated in increments of $10 and after the donation, a ticket will be given to the donor.

The winner of the sidecar smoker and motorcycle combo will be named at an Oct. 13 benefit dance at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ulysses.

Tickets to the dance are $10, which also will give attendees a chance to win the sidecar smoker.

Third Degree, Garden City, and Tim Anthony & The Anamals, Hays, will perform from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.