Thursday, March 29, 2007
Community helps Reece family
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs community and Marshall Academy family raised $14,000 Friday to establish a fund at Merchants and Farmers Bank for Bradley Reece, a 15-year-old MA student who was diagnosed February 19 with Burkett’s leukemia.
Bradley is undergoing a six-month course of chemotherapy at St. Jude and will stay there until he has been released, according to Linda Hinshaw, his cousin.
Hinshaw expressed gratitude to all who helped start the fund for Bradley and his parents, Keith and Wendy Reece of Holly Springs.
“I’d just like to personally thank everybody who helped,” said David Hinshaw. “It would be hard to list them all.”
“The community outpouring was unbelievable,” Linda Hinshaw said. “Bradley told the family ‘I didn’t know that many people liked me.’ His family just couldn’t believe it.”
The fund is to help the Reece family with living expenses, the Hinshaws said.
“Bradley’s mother is legally blind and his dad has to take off so much from his job with FedEx. He just works when he can,” Linda Hinshaw said.
Between 75 to 100 kids turned out to buy tickets for a dance Friday night in support of the Bradley Reece fund. And 525 barbecue plates were sold and a raffle, silent auction, all supported by individual donations, helped make the fund-raiser an overwhelming success.
The Marshall Academy Anchor Club and community ladies donated the desserts and individuals donated the Boston butts, which were cooked by David Hinshaw. Decorations at Oak Palace were done by the Bailey and Reece families.
Hinshaw said Bradley will stay in the hospital where he receives chemotherapy four or five days in a row.
“If he feels like it, he goes to Target House to be with his family (between treatments), but he can’t come home because his immune system is so low,” she said.
To make contributions to the Bradley Reece family fund, talk with anyone at Merchants and Farmers Bank in Holly Springs.
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