EAST WENATCHEE — When Matt “Hutch” Hutchinson sought help for a work-related back injury this spring, doctors told him he had two weeks to live without immediate treatment for cancer.
He’s been in the hospital or recovering at home unable to work ever since. Friends of leukemia-stricken Eastmont High School graduate are planning a benefit concert later this month to help him with mounting medical bills.
Hutchinson, 33, owns Hutchinson Construction Co. of East Wenatchee and Spokane. The single dad injured his back on the job in Spokane in early March. While being treated for that injury, doctors found Hutchinson had advanced lymphoblastic leukemia.
“He’s always been the type of guy to drop everything to help others. Now, he needs his home community to help him,” said Megan Peterson, a family friend who is helping organize the benefit. His parents, Kyle and Lisa Hutchinson, live in East Wenatchee.
Hutchinson donated his time on the remodel of Wenatchee’s Pioneer Park skateboard facility, among many other local volunteer efforts, she said. He was the lead singer for the local band 427.
The 1997 Eastmont graduate spent a month getting chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He’s now living in Spokane so he can continue treatments one week a month at the hospital and care for his 5-year-old daughter, Violet, Peterson said.
He hasn’t been able to work since he was diagnosed last March. He recently traveled to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to prepare for a bone marrow treatment.
Five local bands will play at the benefit concert — dubbed “Hutchapalooza” — from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at Centennial Park, 130 S. Wenatchee Ave. Donations will be taken. Food and beverages will be sold. Raffle tickets will be sold. Heads will be shaved to emulate Hutchinson’s new look. All proceeds will help cover Hutchinson’s mounting medical bills, Peterson said. The over-21 crowd can keep the fun going later that night at Wally’s Tavern, where cover charge proceeds will also be donated to the fund.
Donations can also be made at Wenatchee Valley Federal Credit Union to the Matt Hutchinson Benefit Account. For more information, call Peterson 470-8565 or Lisa Anderson at 860-2752.