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PERRY COUNTY – Perry County is home to four children battling cancer and one fighting devastating bone disease.
Tyler Cundiff, the 17-year-old son of Michelle Taylor, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis since November. Eighteen-year-old Devin Hall, son of Mike and Kim Hall, has Langerhans cell histocytosis, formerly called eosino-philiac granuloma, a rare disease which causes tumors to form on the bones and for which the only treatment available is chemotherapy.
Tyler Zoglman, the 13-year-old son of Tiffany and Larry Gilmore, has hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare liver cancer. Six-year-old Lydia Haycraft, daughter of Tiffany Haycraft, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Finally, 5-year-old Alexis Dalton, daughter of Travos Dalton and Michelle Reid, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
In light of these children in Perry County, organizers are planning the first Benefit for Perry County’s Little Warriors Saturday at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds in Tell City. The day will host many events, including a cornhole tourney, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. An auction with more than 70 donated items will be held at noon by Indiana Realty and Auction and Hawhee Auction services.
Items to be auctioned off will include a guitar signed by Kenny Chesney, four tickets to a Professional Bullriders Association show, handmade benches, a deer shoulder mount, a wedding photography package, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers cornhole boards and lots of various baskets made up by different organizations and groups.
Chicken dinners will be sold with presale beginning at noon and sales to the general public kicking off at 1 p.m. The menu will include half a chicken, creek fries and coleslaw. Cost is $8.
Entertainment will include Damaged Goods from 3 to 7 p.m. Up-and-coming country-Christian music star Marla Mundy will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. and the Carter Valley Boys will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.
T-shirt sales for the event are currently under way and will continue until the day of the event. Vendor booths will also be set up.
Organizers are accepting donations of $10 per ticket for a Henry Lever Octagon .22 rifle to be given away the day of the benefit, donated in part by Ace’s Guns, and a 110cc camouflaged four-wheeler donated by Scooters N More in Tell City. Raffle tickets for these items can be purchased from any of the committee members below.
Admission to the event is $5 per person or $10 per carload. There is no entry cost for those picking up chicken dinners only. Alcohol will be available for purchase to those 21 years of age and older with proper ID.
Organizers will also have a “sober driver” who will of-fer rides home to those who have been drinking. Cost is a donation to the Little Warriors fund.
For more information on the event, search for “Benefit for Perry County’s Little Warriors” on Facebook.
Organizers are also looking for workers to help the day of the event. For more information or registration on any of the day’s events, contact one of the following committee members:
Beth Hauser at 719-1362 to sign up for the cornhole tourney, to work the benefit or to get tickets for the giveaway.
Steve Parker at 719-1175 for ticket sales or any questions.
Bobbi Ridener at 549-5485 to donate, set up a vendor booth or for tickets.