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Malta restaurant hosting fundraising for DHS teacher with cancer

Ata Shakir
Ata Shakir

MALTA – To continue the communitywide support of DeKalb High School teacher Ata Shakir, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in February, Remington’s Gastropub in Malta will host fundraisers for Shakir’s medical expenses Saturday and Sunday.

From 8 a.m. to noon both days, 15 percent of the revenue will be donated to Shakir’s medical bills.

Co-owner Kristen Catencamp said to help offset the donation, a number of high school students will volunteer by cleaning dishes, pouring coffee and performing other tasks.

“My kids have all been in Shakir’s class,” Catencamp said. “I’ve never met him, but he’s been a staple in my house for years because of conversations at the dinner table. He seems to be a great guy.”

Several fundraising efforts also have been started to help the Shakir family with medical bills, home maintenance and other expenses.

By Tuesday, a GoFundMe page created for Shakir’s medical expenses at the beginning of March met its $7,500 goal through donations by more than 100 people.

Remington’s Gastropub is located at 102 S. Third St. in Malta, and has been there since September. Catencamp said if there’s a strong enough turnout for the fundraiser, the event will go longer than noon.

“We’ve been doing well, but it’s amazing how many people still don’t know about us,” Catencamp said. “If we are packed, then the fundraisers will go a little bit longer.”

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