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Community to support long-time Camden hairdresser battling cancer

Fundraiser helps Julie Drinkwater Landwehr and her family
Jan 10, 2020
Friends, family and local businesses are supporting a fundraiser, "Join in for Julie," to support a long-time hairdresser in treatment for cancer.

The community is rallying to support a woman who is perhaps best known for her expertise with barber shears.

A major fundraising event, "Join in for Julie," will take place Jan. 19 at the Rockland Elks Lodge in support of Julie Drinkwater Landwehr, who is batting stage 4 bone cancer. Friends and family are coming together to stage “Join in for Julie,” a fundraising dinner and auction that begins at 4 p.m.

Landwehr has been a self-employed hairdresser at Eric’s Barbershop in downtown Camden for more than 30 years.

She has successfully stared cancer in the face for the past 25 years, nearly half of her life, and for the last four years, has battled bone cancer with the quiet yet vigilant spunk that has helped her defy the odds for all these years, according to her friend Amy Rollins.

Due to recent chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Landwehr is unable to work and provide for her family at this time.

Rollins describes Landwehr as "a loyal friend to many, a profound parent, and compassionate supporter of others down on their luck. With everyone pitching in, we can help Julie and her family feel at peace and gather their strength for the road ahead," she said.

Dinner will be served starting at 4 p.m., featuring a variety of soup/chili/chowder, salad, bread and dessert, all donated by local individuals, food purveyors and dining establishments.

A dessert auction will commence at 4 p.m., with diners vying for fabulous dessert platters donated by local bakers.

A silent auction will feature more than 50 items on display and will be open for bidding from 4 to 6 p.m. Silent auction tables will close every 15 minutes from 4:45 to 6 p.m., allowing those who wish to bid but not stay for the entire evening an opportunity to participate.

A live auction will start at 6 p.m., with Tom Peaco as auctioneer. There will also be a variety of raffle baskets.

Many businesses and individuals have donated items for the auctions. The list of items can be viewed prior to the event, by visiting the “Join in for Julie” event page on Facebook.

Those who cannot make it to the dinner and auction, but would like to support the Landwehr family, can help in several ways: by making a contribution to the “Benefit for Julie Landwehr” account at any office of Camden National Bank, contributing to the “Join in for Julie” GoFundMe page, (, and sharing the campaign on Facebook page and other social media.

The Rockland Elks Lodge is located at 210 Rankin St. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 adult; $5 child 10 and under; $30 family of four or more. The dinner and auction are cash and checks only.

For more information, contact Sue Wootton at 691-7189 or Bobbi Oxton at 691-7240 (texts only, please).

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 10, 2020 13:01

Kudos to the community helping out. A shout out to Sue Wotton and Bobbi Oxton who are compassionate and giving a helping hand. Here in AZ we had snow last night. Imagine! This weather is very unusual. I am usually enjoying the sunshine and the pool for laps.

Mary  "Mickey" (Brown) McKeever +:0)......

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