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The Burk Family of Salem, Cassi and Joey, Natalie and Weston. Photo/Bitt O’ Hunny Photography
by Carrie Johnson
On Sunday, June 12, life as they knew it changed for the Burk family of Salem. Joey and Cassi Burk have grown up in Salem and are now raising their children, Natalie (7) and Weston (3) in the same loving community. They attend Salem First Baptist Church.
Weston was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ALL, on Sunday. He underwent surgery on Monday, June 13 to place his port for treatments. He also underwent his first round of treatment and had a blood transfusion.
The entire community has pulled together for the Burk family. By Tuesday, June 14, a bank account had been set up for donations, a softball tournament organized, different raffles established and a benefit rodeo was held. All to help offset the cost of medical expenses and travel expenses. Several summer league baseball and softball teams now wear an orange ribbon attached to their uniforms to support Weston. His sister Natalie plays on a Salem summer team.
The Hall Rodeo, LLC Benefit Rodeo was held on Wednesday, June 15 and raised a total of $3,604.95 for Weston and his family.
Several of the above mentioned fundraisers follow:
West Burk Benefit Raffle. Prize will be half a hog to two winners. Drawing will be held on July 20. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available at Burch’s Custom Butchering, Main Street Tire and Lube and Tri County Medical Supply; all of Salem. The hog was donated by Everett Bros. Inc.; processing by Burch’s Custom Butchering. All proceeds go to Weston. For more information contact Tesa Nelson at 870-219-3724, or Lauren Nelson at 870-710-3081.
Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament, Saturday, July 9 at Salem Preacher Roe Field. $150 per team entry fee. Individuals pay $25 to be drafted if you do not have a team, but want to play and support the cause. Concession stand will be open. Proceeds go to Weston. For more information and to sign up, contact: Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Jake Smith, 870-371-0372; or Jeremy Friend, 870-421-0490.
#TEAMWESTON Benefit Raffle. Items to be won include: RTIC 20 quart cooler, RTIC 30 ounce tumbler, RTIC 20 ounce tumbler, RTIC ten ounce tumbler and a RTIC koozie. Tickets are $5 each of five for $20. Five winners will be announced on July 9 at 5 p.m. at the Benefit Tournament. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at Salem Court House Treasurer’s Office – Linda Romine; Tower Hills Guns and More – Calvin and Jamie Maguffee; Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Karen Hall, 870-405-4537; and can be purchased during the tournament.
Change for Weston. Early Horizons Child Development Center in Salem is collecting spare change for Weston. A little bit of “change” can make a big difference.
Whatever. A portion of all sales at Whatever from now until June 25 will be donated to the Burk family for expenses. There is also a donation jar located in the store, which is located on the square in Salem.
Expressions Salon of Salem is selling chances to win a goodie basket which includes: CHI blow dryer, Joico hairspray, Matrix Miracle Creator, Biolage Shampoo and conditioner, American Crew gift set, Redken water wax and a $25 gift certificate. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winner will be drawn July 1. All proceeds go to the Burk family.
Bronze-N-Go Tanning Salon at Skyview in Salem is raffling off a package deal that includes two months tanning, a bottle of lotion and five sessions of red light therapy for Weston. You may pick up tickets at the Salon. They are $3 each or six for $15.
There will be a Car Wash at the Bank of Salem parking lot on July 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is donations with all going to Weston. Contact Heather Friend at 870-421-1802, or Lena Smith at 870-371-0175 if you would like to donate.
Color a Castle for Weston at Palace Drug of Salem. Cost is $1 per sheet with proceeds going to the Burk family.
Razorback Raceway, located at 213 North Walnut Street in Salem, is a one-eighth mile, one-twenty-fourth scale dragstrip for all ages. Razorback Raceway will hold a Race Day on Saturday, July 23 for Weston and his family. There will be a race with all proceeds from food and entry fees going to the Burk family. This race will be for bragging rights, no payout. For more information contact Evert Ellison at 870-291-7603.
There is a benefit account set up at the Bank of Salem. Account name: Weston Gunner Burk Benefit Account. You can mail donations to P.O. Box 338, Salem, AR 72576.
Come together with Salem and show your support for the Burk family while they help Weston fight Leukemia.
To keep up with Weston’s updates and to show your support or say a few encouraging words, there is a Facebook page set up for him under “Prayers for Weston”.

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