The Lucky 7 Birthday Bash on June 29 is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It will run from 5 to 10 p.m. at Lucky’s Burger & Brew, 1144 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. Cancer has touched the lives of the Geyers as well as the family of their public relations professional, Meg Reggie.
“Meg’s husband and Ernie share the same life-changing challenge and recovery but with different cancers,” said Ernie’s wife, Diane Geyer.
Anyone who has ever stopped by the Geyers’ restaurant is familiar with its namesake, Lucky. The big dog was an integral part of Ernie Geyer’s recovery from prostate cancer, his wife said.
Geyer was diagnosed four years ago, a few months after he bought the old shopping center where he built Lucky’s Burger & Brew. He decided to make the trip to Jacksonville for three months for a new treatment. That took 45 minutes daily five days a week. As owner of a busy
commercial construction company and a developer, business owner and dad of four children, “having a little too much free time is not in his vocabulary, to say the least,” Diane Geyer said.
“Lucky was a birthday gift to Ernie from me in June, a few years before, and I suggested he take Lucky with him on the journey. Ernie balked at first, thinking what will I do with a dog in these unknown waters.” After a few weeks, Lucky and Ernie were a recognized pair, walking down the streets to get meals or run errands and driving to Shands Hospital, where they specialize in children with tumors.
When the Geyers sold their Buckhead home and moved to Roswell, they created a restaurant where Lucky can hang out on the patio, eat special cookies that chef and general manager Ted Lescher makes for him and drink water out of his special bowls with his name on them.
At Lucky’s birthday party, a suggested donation of $7 for a dog wash will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Decked out dogs can enter the best dressed dog competition for a $7 entry fee. Judges will include Blake “Top Dogg” Rashad of Dog Talk Radio.
Entry into a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown concert at the Georgia Dome can be made for a suggested $7 minimum donation.