Sickman’s Mill event will benefit Lititz man with ALS

By on October 8, 2014

Sickman’s Mill owners, Erik and Trina Armstrong, will donate their grounds along the Pequea stream to help benefit a Lititz family struck by ALS.

The “Oink Out ALS ­ Blazek Family Pig Roast Benefit Fundraiser,” taking place Saturday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 10 p.m., will feature acoustic music by Hutch and Memory Lapse, a bonfire, hayrides, games and raffles, along with pumpkin and face painting for the children.

During the summer of 2012, Joe Blazek began to have various unexplained physical symptoms and by the fall of 2012, he was officially diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Joe is only 45 and has since had to quit his job as an architectural project manager. Joe and his wife Michelle have three young children, ages 3, 10 and 12.

When event organizers thanked Erik for his generous donation of his facility, he replied: “It’s what you do…you help each other.” Erik attended high school with Joe at Lampeter Strasburg.

Sickman’s Mill is located at 671 Sandhill Road in Pequea. To learn more about the venue, visit

Tickets for the event are nearly sold out, but may be purchased while supplies last, by contacting event founder Wendy Faggart via e-mail at Tickets for the event are $25 for adults; accompanying children under 18 are free.

Event organizers are hoping to obtain donations to offset expenses for the event. They are still in need of certain food related items as well as donations for prizes. Those willing to donate should send an e-mail to Linda Groff at to make arrangements.

A fund has been set up for the family through Susquehanna Bank and deposits to the “Blazek Family’ may be deposited at any Susquehanna Bank branch.

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