Fundraiser for DJ Bobby C raises more than $29K in four days

  • A fundraiser for local disc jockey Robert “Bobby C” Campbell, who will be undergoing neck surgery, has raised more than $29,000 in four days. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/16/2020 4:41:23 PM

GREENFIELD — When you hear the name “Bobby C,” most people think not only “radio personality and local disc jockey” who has served many brides and grooms over the years, but a man who is constantly giving, whether it’s turkeys at Thanksgiving or hams at Christmas.

That’s why when people started learning that Robert “Bobby C” Campbell was in a rehabilitation facility because he was having severe pain in his neck and back, and found he will have to undergo neck surgery within the next few weeks, Eric Kosciusko, owner of Manny’s Appliances at 51 River St. in Greenfield, decided to start a Facebook fundraiser to help Campbell and his family.

“He has spent his entire life helping others,” Kosciusko said. “He needs us, now.”

Kosciusko started the fundraiser, at bit.ly/3dwxgKw, on Oct. 12. He started with a goal of $25,000, but increased it to $35,000 when he saw the response — as of Friday afternoon, 574 people had donated $29,196.

Donors are leaving messages on the Facebook page that include prayers for the local activist, leader and DJ like “We love you,” “You are an amazing person,” “We are grateful to know you all these years,” and “You bring back a lot of great memories for me.” Others have sent Campbell messages saying he has been so generous for so many years, and that it is now his turn to receive support. Many refer to him as a “champion of Franklin County.”

Over the years, Campbell has worked with TRIAD to deliver hundreds of hams to county seniors and he has raised money to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. He has worked in Little League and been a coach. He said he loves working for the underprivileged, children, veterans and seniors.

“The people of Franklin County and friends of Bobby are showing what makes our community so great,” Kosciusko said. “He’s overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.”

‘I’m speechless’

Campbell confirmed that sentiment during a conversation from his room in the rehab center in Ludlow, where he has spent the last 17 days.

“They’re going to send me home, but I’ll be going back to the hospital for surgery sometime soon,” he said. “I can barely walk. I have severe nerve damage on my entire right side. I have a bulging disc against my spine.”

Campbell said he currently undergoes three hours of physical therapy each day and 90 minutes of occupational therapy. He said he will be homebound until the surgery, and will then have to go back into rehab.

“I’m very emotional about what Eric did and, of course, what all of these great and kind people are contributing,” he said. “I’m speechless. I never thought about having a fundraiser for me. I’ve always been about doing for others.”

Campbell said he has always had faith in the people of Franklin County, but because it is one of the poorer communities in Massachusetts, he is “blown away” by the response.

The local DJ said he had to cancel all of his weddings and holiday parties for 2020 because of the pandemic and his condition, but others stepped up for him. He said he won’t return back to work until next February, when he serves as DJ for the father-daughter dance at the Moose Lodge in Greenfield.

Kosciusko said people can make a donation by check if they prefer because they aren’t comfortable doing it as a Facebook payment. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to Manny’s Appliances, 51 River St., Greenfield, MA 01301. There is also a box set up in the store where people can drop off a check.

“Bobby has been a huge part of the fabric of the county his entire life, always selfless and ready to help others,” Kosciusko said.

Campbell said his condition was not caused by a fall or injury, but instead because of deterioration. He now faces the challenge of spinal surgery, and with it comes a lot of risk and uncertainty.

“Even with all of this, though, I feel so lucky,” Campbell said. “I live in the best place in the world. Franklin County rules.”

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-9591 or afritz@recorder.com.



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