A benefit is planned July 19 to benefit Fred and Linda McCoy, a local couple who both have battled cancer over the last year.
Fred was diagnosed with prostate cancer seven weeks before Memorial Day 2012, but is currently in remission. Linda became very sick, and was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver and colon cancer on Memorial Day 2012. Linda is still receiving care for the advanced disease, according to Jan Bartley, who along with husband, Wade, is coordinating the McCoy fundraiser.
“Linda said when she first went to Baylor, she looked around at all the patients who obviously were being treated for cancer, and thought, ‘Why me?’ Then she thought, ‘Why not me?’ There but for the grace it could be any one of us,” Bartley said.
The benefit is planned by community members, church and family friends to help out the McCoys, former dairy operators who are currently self-employed in the real estate business. While the couple does have insurance, as is most often the case, it doesn't completely cover all medical bills and other costs associated with their care.
“This shows what Hopkins County is all about,” said Bartley. “There are fundraisers every weekend for someone in our community. This county is super good to help their brothers and sisters out. Fred and Linda have been here for at least 40 years and have been a big part of this community. If the shoes were reversed, they’d be here helping with this for someone else.”
Although the McCoys are members of Shannon Oaks Church, the event is being hosted at First United Methodist Church gymnasium.
“It is a fun time to be shared by all those whose lives have been touched by Fred and Linda — whether it be through work, baseball, church, CBS or decorating your home,” friends noted on the event flyer.
The benefit will consist of a barbecue dinner, and live and silent auctions, with entertainment by Jacoby Smith. All costs, including foods have been covered or items donated, thanks to the McCoys’ friends, church family, community and Bible study group, so all funds raised July 19 will go to the McCoys.
The barbecue will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, in First United Methodist Church gymnasium. Cost is by donation, community members are asked to “simply give what your heart feels.” The menu includes traditional barbecue fixings including brisket, baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad.
Numerous items have been donated for the live and silent auctions, including four Texas Rangers tickets donated by Jeff and Talisa Harris, a king size quilt donated by Nancy Galbraith, Brighton designer handbag donated by Dana’s Gifts, designer cowgirl boots valued at $250 (which can be exchanged for correct size) donated by Circle E, mirrored cross that was handcrafted and donated by Pat Penn, two gift certificates valued at $450 for whitening services rendered and donated by Dr. Phil Jackson which will be auctioned separately, a Black & Decker 20-volt lithium drill/driver compact donated by Lowes, a ranch-style cedar bench made and donated by Jim Wright, a five gallon container of Case II Akcela 15w40 engine oil donated by Farm Country/Billy Wayne Frazier, 12 months of one casserole dish per month from Linda’s friends, a boy baby gift basket and a girl baby gift basket donated by Heart of Hope, an iPad 2 donated by Dean and Rachel Draper, a pair of hand crocheted baby booties made and donated by Janie Tipton, and one small child sized bonnet and three adult bonnets as well as a baby gift basket donated by Janie Tipton. To learn more about these items, click the auction items link on http://www.lovinglinda.com. Additional items have also been donated and will be shown during the July 19 benefit.
Jacoby Smith will be lending his vocal talents to provide entertainment throughout the benefit.
T-shirts are also being sold for $20 each to help raise funds for Linda McCoy. They can be obtained by cash or check made payable to Shannon Oaks Church at Fieldhouse Sports during regular business hours or at the July 19 benefit. T-shirts range in size from adult small to 2X.
More information about the benefit can be found at http://www.lovinglinda.com. Friends can leave words of encouragement or tell “their story” about Fred and/or Linda McCoy’s impact in their lives under “Blog” on the website.
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