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Deputy Corrales benefit auction continues

Posted: March 12, 2009 6:38 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2009 5:00 p.m.
 
In April of 2008 Bobby was on a vacation cruise to Mexico with his wife and some Departmental friends. He became extremely ill during the trip and the ship's doctor was unable to diagnosis the situation. Bobby had to be flown back to the United States immediately. The cost of that trip was $30,000, which not covered by his medical insurance. Bobby was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia after he reached U.C.L.A. Medical Center.

The only cure for him is a bone marrow transplant, but finding a suitable match with his ethnic background has proven incredibly difficult. His family members are not even a match. Bobby has had to undergo chemotherapy multiple times, and his battle is still ongoing.

To raise money for Bobby and his family to help cover expenses, Bonus I Deputy John Maio and Deputy Mike Ascolese contacted friends of theirs in the music business. Several of rock ‘n roll's royalty immediately stepped up to donate autographed musical instruments that would be auctioned off on e-Bay.

Alex Van Halen donated a brass snare drum off his personal drum kit, which he signed. He also donated a drum head which had been signed by Alex, Edward and Wolfgang Van Halen. Neil Peart from Rush sent in an autographed DW drum head. Neil notoriously avoids autographing anything, but did it for this worthy cause. KISS's Paul (Star Child) Stanley gave an autographed Silvertone guitar.

Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Dave Kushner from Velvet Revolver each signed a Epiphone guitar that had been donated to the cause by Guitar Center's Dave Weiderman. Matt Sorum also donated a pair of autographed drum sticks and a drum head which he signed and drew a caricature of himself on.

Each of these autographed musical items were sold on e-Bay. The auctions ended on Monday, March 02, 2009. 90% of the proceeds went directly to Deputy Corrales and 10% were donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation, which is trying to find cures for leukemia, cancer, and A.I.D.S.

Due to the media coverage regarding Bobby's plight, many people phoned in and donated other items to be auctioned off on e-Bay to raise more funds for Deputy Corrales. One gentleman donated several Sugar Ray Robinson signed lithographs. We received an autographed Ry Cooder poster and an autographed Scarlett Johansson poster.

We also received a Warner Brothers' promotional Van Halen jump suit that was used to publicize Van Halen's "1984" album. The guitarist from the punk rock NOFX, El Hefe, donated a "secret show" poster signed by all the members of the band. Poison's drummer, Rikki Rockett, donated an autographed cymbal from his personal drum kit.

On Monday April 20, 2009, a blood drive for Deputy Corrales will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the Chatsworth Courthouse. The court is located at 9425 Penfield Ave. Chatsworth, CA 91311.

The most significant item we need to get across to the public is the importance of being a blood donor. There are 11 million people already in the blood donor database and more are needed. Your donation could be the one that saves Bobby's life. Even if you are not a match for Deputy Corrales, you may be a match for another deserving person. You can save a life! Please donate blood and blood platelets.

Deputy Corrales is a twenty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Marshal's Department and became a deputy sheriff when the Marshal's Department merged into the Sheriff's Department in 1994. Bobby is currently assigned to the Santa Clarita Court.

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