Crestview man’s family seeks support with cancer recovery


Bruce Akers embraces his grandchildren Jazmine, 10, and J.T., 1, for a family photo. Family members seek the community's support in raising funds for Bruce, who will soon receive chemotherapy for bladder cancer.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 07:41 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Bruce Akers’ family seeks help raising funds for his recovery from bladder cancer.

Bruce, 49, recently returned home following a stay at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, where he had his bladder removed. He will begin chemotherapy soon.

"He is handling it fairly well; he has his good days and his bad days" said Rachel Akers, his eldest daughter.

Family members will have a benefit fish fry, featuring a raffle of gift certificates from Crestview businesses, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at Old Spanish Trail Park. Residents can purchase a plate of fried mullet with a side of coleslaw and hush puppies. Organizers can deliver meals to local businesses. 

All proceeds will cover medical expenses and financial obligations of Bruce and Karen, his wife of 29 years.

Bruce had to quit his job at Ace Hardware in Crestview, Rachel said. Last month, the store hosted a car wash to show support. The family also raised money by having a bake sale in town.

"It has been hard on us,” said Karen, Bruce’s caretaker. She has been unable to work since having a stroke in 2010. 

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