Event to benefit local family following death of patriarch

ST. MARYS - On March 4, Glenn Bauer of St. Marys, a husband and father of twin sons, died unexpectedly at the age of 44 as the result of an embolism. In response to his death, friends of the family have rallied around his wife Connie and 14-year-old sons Nick and Brady, and planned a benefit for them to take place Aug. 4 at Edgewood Hall in St. Marys. Doors will open at 2 p.m., with the event continuing until midnight. The efforts to offer the family a helping hand in their time of need have been spearheaded by event coordinator Kathy Kunes, a personal friend of the Bauer family. Kunes said the goal of the benefit is to provide financial assistance and stability to the Bauers "just to have her [Connie] not worry about bills for a while--so she doesn't have to worry about things."The condition which claimed Bauer's life was caused by a hereditary blood disorder and he was asymptomatic, leaving his family entirely unaware that anything was wrong until it was too late. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), symptoms with an embolism may begin quickly or slowly depending on the size of the embolus and the extent to which it blocks blood flow. According to the NIH, "An embolus is a blood clot or a piece of plaque that acts like a clot. If the clot travels from the site where it formed to another location in the body, it is called an embolism."It is a result of this confluence of factors, according to the Venous Disease Coalition, that more people die each year from preventable blood clots than from breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined.Kunes said that in the past, Connie has herself participated in charitable efforts to help others and noted that "this is her time to receive." Connie expressed her gratitude toward Kunes and all those who worked to organize this event for her family, saying that she has been overwhelmed by the experience as the event has been increasingly publicized and the date draws nearer. She has also been overcome with the outpouring of support from friends and members of the community.