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Benefit concert to be held for Cullen on Friday

Don Stevenson is completing a 1,200-mile walk around the state to support his pal, Cullen Steele - Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter
Don Stevenson is completing a 1,200-mile walk around the state to support his pal, Cullen Steele
— image credit: Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter

A "Buddy Holly" concert, a benefit for 10-year-old Cullen Steele, will be held Friday night at the Auburn Avenue Theater.

Proceeds from the concert will go to Cullen and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). Cullen, a fifth-grader-to-be at Auburn’s Holy Family Catholic School, faces a possible double-lung and heart transplant because of pulmonary hypertension.

To help Cullen's cause, Don Stevenson, Auburn’s 74-year-old ultra-walker, walked 1,200 miles around the state of Washington to raise awareness and money. Stevenson began his journey from City Hall on July 6 and is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the theater to greet Cullen, his family and supporters.

"Cullen’s a great kid, and has a lot of promise to be a blessing to others in his young life," Stevenson said.

The ticket booth will open at 6 p.m., the doors at 7:15, followed by presentations, entertainment and a raffle.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the box office or by calling 253-200-5905.

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Donations for Cullen can be made: (online) www.cotaforcullens.com; (mail) 2501 W. Cota Drive, Bloomington, Ind., 47403; or (e-mail) cota@cota.org. Donations may be made in person at any Wells Fargo Bank branch location using account number 3523561722. For more information, call 1-800-366-2682 or visit www.cota.org.

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