What started out as a simple desire to have a Wasses hot dog to celebrate his final treatment for testicular cancer turned into an emotional event March 9 for Corey Sukeforth.

The former Warren resident, who made the trek from Rio Grande, N.J. with his wife and children, was overwhelmed by the response from friends and family.

Nearly 75 people had something to do with the event, from donating money to driving in Jeeps to being on hand to visit with their good friend and family member.

"I'm so thankful to all of you," Sukeforth said.

Event organizer and friend Kat Mills presented Sukeforth with the donations collected.

"Our goal was $600, which we reached on the second day," Mills said.

A total of $1,440 was raised in the effort to defray the cost of Sukeforth's travel and accommodations while visiting Maine.

"One generous anonymous donor matched the goal once it was reached," Mills stated.

"I decided I wanted a Wasses hot dog, instead of going to Disney," Sukeforth said of his form of celebrating his final treatment for cancer.

"I really didn't expect all this," Sukeforth said, noting the generous donations by Wasses Hot Dog, Jil Rawlinson-Moccia of The Samoset Resort Timeshare, his cousin Shawn Feyler for securing South School as a meeting place, and family friend and organizer Kat Mills.

"I'm so grateful for everything everyone did to make it such a memorable occasion," Sukeforth said.

Sukeforth and his family headed back to New Jersey March 10. In a couple weeks, Sukeforth will discuss what lay ahead for his health with his doctors, but for this past weekend he enjoyed several Wasses hot dogs and visited with supportive friends and family.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext 125 or by email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.