South Charlotte

Fundraisers to help pay medical bills

Texas Roadhouse restaurants in Pineville and Concord will host a fundraiser next week for Adam Tanksley, a 4-year-old Waxhaw boy who has a rare pediatric kidney cancer.

Ten percent of sales from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 16 will go toward a fund in Adam's name that helps with his medical bills, goes toward cancer research and to a fund that provides activities for other cancer patients at the Levine Children's Hospital. Diners must bring a flier to participate. It's available on Adam's Caring Bridge Web site and volunteers will hand them out at the restaurant that evening.

Adam is the son of Mike and Sharon Tanksley and brother to Austin, 6, and Alyssa, 18 months. He loves baseball, playing the Wii and eating 5 Guys cheeseburgers. He attends Harrison United Methodist Church when he's well enough to be out of the hospital.

His upbeat attitude and sly sense of humor keep the Tanksleys going, family friends say.

Adam's cancer started in his right kidney – which has been removed – and doctors have found other tumors in his lymph nodes, abdomen, chest, lungs and neck. He's going through an almost yearlong course of chemotherapy treatment.

Another fundraiser – “Adam Fest” – will be Sept. 27 at Hunter Farms. Activities will include visits to the pumpkin patch, covered wagon rides to the barn to feed the animals, face painting, live music, a barbecue and chicken nugget dinner, and a raffle.

For more details about Adam and ways to help his family, visit