CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former television anchor Martin Staunton is helping organize a fundraiser Saturday that will partially help a new organization called the Minority Health Advocacy Group.
Featuring nine different live bands -- including several country-music bands and a Christian rock band, the fundraiser will take place at Tamarack in Beckley, just off the West Virginia Turnpike, between 1 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
"The person who organized the concert is Corey Chambers, a really good singer himself, who is only 17 years old," Staunton said.
Half the proceeds will go to the new advocacy group, while the other half will go to Staunton to help pay for his long hospitalizations and medical treatment received by Teresa Marie Staunton, his 48-year-old wife, who died Sept. 7 from a massive stroke. The couple has two daughters.
Staunton said he himself has been in the hospital 17 times to get treatment for diabetes, beginning in October 2011.
"Back around 2000," Staunton said, "the Centers for Disease Control conducted studies that identified health disparities along racial lines. West Virginia was identified as a state with major disparities.
"African-Americans suffer serious complications from diabetes at a rate six times higher than white West Virginians.
"Some health behaviors are individual. As a diabetes patient, I can control how much sugar I take into my body," Staunton said. "But there are some problems beyond individuals.