Benefit sale Saturday for boy battling cancer

From Staff Reports

July 25, 2008 - A woman is planning to hold a garage sale of sorts Saturday in Como, selling her own goods to raise money for a child battling cancer.

Teresa Rocha, who lives in Brashear, said she will give the money she raises to the family of Zi-Karryus Ivery, 7, who this summer learned that the bone cancer he has been battling for two years has spread.

Rocha said Como Volunteer Fire Department has donated the use of their building to her to hold the sale tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rocha said she'll have antique dolls, furniture, clothes and various household items for sale.

"It's just stuff I have myself," said Rocha. "I'm just trying to make a little money for them." � � � 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 bone. A portion of the tumor was surgically removed that year, followed by chemotherapy that spring and summer. His mother was unable to work so she could take him to and from Dallas for treatments and care for him.

Ross had gone back to work part-time but had to quit her job about two months ago after learning Zi-Karryus has two new tumors to contend with.

Zi-Karryus and LaKenya Ross' friends are asking for the public's help for the family. Donations can be made at a fund established at First Convenience Bank, located inside Wal-Mart, in Zi-Karryus Ivery's name.

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