Members of the local band Bare Foot Texans, along with several other friends, are hosting a fund-raiser Sunday, Feb. 8, to help a friend cover the costs of medical treatment for a rare form of cancer.
Robert Castleberry Jr., 20, is the son of Kay and Kevin Harrington of Sulphur Springs andand adults, according to the American Cancer Society.
Castleberry was diagnosed with the condition after he experienced problems with his chest while attending an out-of-town Wildcats game in the fall. He is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatment, receiving an injection of medication daily for 21 days at Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
The 2006 Sulphur Springs High School graduate does have medical insurance, but it’s not enough to cover 100 percent of the medical costs and expenses associated with cancer treatments.
Also, due to the nature of the medication, Castleberry is required to remain within 30 minutes of the hospital while undergoing chemo. Consequently, he and the family members helping care for him have had to find special living arrangements.
Castleberry’s friends, former classmates and teammates are working together to host the benefit. They hope to help with lodging and travel costs, and help make up the hours his parents are losing at work to be with him.
The fund-raiser begins at noon this Sunday, Feb. 8, and continues through 5 p.m. The event will be on East Shannon Road just, off of College Street. Look for the brick building with the awning just down from the College Street overpass.
Several individuals and businesses have donated food and supplies for a hamburger and hot dog cookout. The featured entertainment includes live music by the Bare Foot Texans, who specialize in Southern rock and have written a number of original songs, many dealing with life in Hopkins County.
In addition to the tasty fare and entertainment, raffles will be held for donated items. A fee of $10 per person is being asked, with proceeds going to Castleberry.
For more information, or to make a donation, contact Robin Palmer at 903-348-0450. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help put on the event may also call that number.