Fundraisers set for stricken Sheriff’s Posse member

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

June 29, 2007 - The community continues to pull together to assist the family of Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse member Gary "G.W." Moon, who has served his community in a number of volunteer positions since he was a young lad.

Staff Photo by Angela PItts

Bank Teller Tosha Cotton places one of the "moon"-shaped signs in the ground Thursday afternoon in front of City National Bank to help raise money for Gary "G.W." Moon. For more information call Pat Johnson at 903-366-6928.

Moon is currently undergoing treatment at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for liver failure, with medical bills mounting. He has been unable to obtain health insurance since suffering a severe heart attack about 5 years ago.

Moon, who has also served as a reserve sheriff's deputy, is a 19 1/2 year member of the Sheriff's Posse and at one time was also a volunteer fireman. Moon has a wife, Rhonda Moon, and four children, Cody, Kasie, Chris and Logan. His parents are Betty and Dudley Moon. He has one brother, Jimmy Moon, and one sister, Teresa Palmer. He works as an aircraft cabinet maker. He is a member of Beckham Baptist Church and has been a Sulphur springs resident since 1975.

He went into the hospital about a month ago for hemorrhaging of the esophagus, and after tests has continued to receive treatment for liver failure, according to family members. He is hoping to get on the organ donor recipient list, but the cost of an organ transplant alone will be upwards of $300,000, doctors told his family.

Moon's friends and family are taking steps to help meet the costs of his continued care and help pay for a potential transplant.

For example, they established a fund in his name. Donations to assist Moon may be made to the "expenses for G.W. (Gary) Moon Family" at City National Bank in Sulphur Springs.

They have also arranged  several fundraisers. 

Several officers who have worked with Moon are selling raffle tickets for a rifle. Tickets are $1 each. The gun is slated to be raffled during a July 6 fundraiser, which begins at 6 p.m. in Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Arena. For more information on purchasing tickets call Pat Johnson at 903-366-6928.

The July 6 benefit will include a hamburger supper, as well as live and silent auctions for an array of donated items ranging from a vacation package, tack and tools to toys and other items.

Friends of the family are also having a batch of yard signs made up. Signs are available for a donation of $15 or $25 each, depending on size. The lawn decoration in support of Moon is a wooden moon cut-out with "G.W." painted inside.

Questions regarding donations, the July 6 benefit or yard signs should be directed to Zane Darling at 903-348-6455 or Pat Johnson at 903-366-6928.

Also, Little Acorn School will be hosting a benefit for the Moon family at Wal-Mart this Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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