To the Editor:
On Saturday June 9, 2018, the Athens Volunteer Fire Department held a benefit for the wife of one of their members who is suffering from advanced cancer. The only treatment option available to me is not covered by insurance. The people involved in organizing the benefit worked tirelessly getting donations for the spaghetti and meatball dinner and donations from local businesses for raffle and silent auction items. On the day before these wonderful people spent their time preparing some of the food and on the day of the event came back to prepare more food and set up for the people coming either to take out or eat in.
The amount of people volunteering their time to help, which included the local boy and cub scout troop was amazing When I showed up, I was humbled and overwhelmed by their efforts. I was even surprised with my family showing up from far and wide to lend their help and support. I could not get over the raffle items donated by so many local businesses or all the people who came to eat. So many people, even ones I didn’t know, coming to hug me and tell my they’re praying for me and telling me they support me in my fight.
If I could, I would walk up to each and every person and business who showed me support in some way for this benefit but there is just too many to even name. I am so thankful I am in such a wonderful community filled with so many beautiful people. Someone said to me “Dawn, there is a lot of love here for you.” And he was right. All the love and support I felt from everyone makes me want to fight even harder to beat this devastating disease. To every business, every active and social member of the fire department and every person who lent their support in some way, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God bless you all.