Fund-raiser set Friday for boy, 7, battling cancer

From Staff Reports

August 14, 2008 - A lunch fund-raiser has been set for Friday to help raise funds for Zi-Karryus Ivery.

The 7-year-old has been battling osteosarcoma for the past two years, and his mother this summer learned that the bone cancer has spread.

Zi-Karryus, son of LaKenya Ross and Cameron Ivery, was diagnosed in the spring of 2006 with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which causes tumors in his thigh. A portion of the tumor was surgically removed that year, but doctors were unable to get all of it. He had chemotherapy that spring and summer, which meant his mother was unable to work so she could take him to and from Dallas for treatments and care for him between times.

Ross had gone back to work at a local nursing facility part time, working as Zi-Karryus' illness allowed, but about 3 months ago had to again quit in order to ensure her son gets the care he needs to contend with two new tumors.

Zi-Karryus last month began treatment at M.D. Anderson hospital in Houston.

The family's friends are asking for the public's help for the family. David Gordon and Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks, pastor of East Caney Baptist Church, and other friends are holding a benefit. Fish sandwiches and a soda are being offered for $5 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the H.W. Grays Building in Pacific Park, located off Carter Street.

Call-in are welcome but no deliveries will be made. To place an order to be picked up Friday for lunch or more information, call 903-438-7479 or 903-438-7478.

"Your donations are greatly appreciated," they note on a flier.

Donations may also be made to assist Zi-Karryus Ivery's family with costs associated with his medical care to the fund established at First Convenience Bank, located inside Wal-Mart, in Zi-Karryus Ivery's name.

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