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Wine tasting planned to raise money for leukemia treatment

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FAIRBANKS — Friends are organizing a special fundraiser this month for longtime Fairbanksan and business owner Hal Osborne, recently diagnosed with leukemia.

He and his wife Susan (Carboy) Osborne are the owners of Gold Hill Imported Beers & Fine Wines, and the Peaceful Alaskan Getaway Bed & Breakfast.

A wine tasting and auction will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge in the Binkley Room on Feb. 16. Live music will be provided by The Skid Marks. Tickets are $25 per person or $15 for students with identification.

According to friends, Osborne was diagnosed with acute leukemia on Christmas Eve 2018. He was medevaced to Seattle early Christmas morning and is undergoing medical treatment, which is expected to last at least six months. He requires chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. His health insurance does not cover any of these procedures.

Hal Osborne moved to Alaska from Michigan in 1982 and decided to make it his permanent home. He takes full advantage of living in Alaska. He snowboards, snowmachines, skis, hunts, does ice fishing and plays hockey.

“In order to alleviate as much stress as possible, friends and loved ones are organizing a wine tasting fundraiser and auction to help with Hal’s many medical costs,” according to a letter sent to other small business owners. “In this time of uncertainty and intense treatment, we want Hal to know that he is loved and taken care of, but most of all, we want Hal to come back healthy.”

For more information or to donate, contact Craig Hughes at 907-378-6654 or craigh54@gmail.com or Anne Johnson at 907-799-5658 or Anne.johnson7@icloud.com.

To keep track of his ongoing treatment, the family has created a page on They post regular updates and friends can also share words of encouragement.

Anyone interested in becoming a bone marrow donor can sign up online at , the national bone marrow registry.


Sharing resources

A group of nursing students in the Fairbanks chapter of the UAA nursing program found a way to help the homeless. They are creating a brochure rack — dubbed a Resource Hub — that will be installed at the Noel Wien Library. It will provide information and resources for the homeless and for those at risk of becoming homeless. They plan to install it next Monday and host a grand opening.

Similar information is also available at the Food Bank and the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

We will keep tabs on this important project and let readers know when it has been installed and is officially available.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.


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