It was a devastating diagnosis –
Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 25 years old, married, a
baby on the way. The news reverberated through his family and
his wife’s family. Friends of his, people in the village he
grew up in, all heard the news and felt for him. He couldn’t
work. Things were looking bleak.
After the shock and the reality set
in, his family and close friends wanted to help and someone came
up with the idea of holding a benefit. They got together and
set the gears into motion. In the end, it involved caring
people and merchants from Cambridge, Caldwell and Zanesville as
well as his hometown of Cumberland.
By the end of this story, there are
so many individuals to thank for the wonderful day and the
support given to the Anthony Crozier family it is hard to figure
out where to start. The organizing committee for the benefit
was: Peggy Warren, Lisa West, Mindy West, Judy Bates, Bea Bates,
Susie Bates, Sharon Burch, Viola Abrams, Shirley Rhinehart,
Debbie Crozier and Peggy Whited.
Thanks to a whole hog butchered
from Shirer Meats, a $75.00 gas card from Carnes Sunoco and
$25.00 cash from Creative Design Solutions a benefit raffle
could be held. Tickets were printed and people started selling
them and bless them, the public bought and kept on buying them.
When asked, merchants from
Cambridge, Caldwell and Zanesville donated gift certificates or
merchandise to the cause. Individuals that wanted to help also
donated items as varied as quilts, 2 sets of corn-hole boards,
MP-3 player, shovels, boxes of cucumbers and sweet corn. Local
Auctioneer Randy Pollock offered his services and an auction on
the day of the benefit was announced.
A donation jar was placed at
Clark’s Grocery. It was never empty as change and bills were
placed in it along with the good wishes of the donator.
When asked, John and Peggy Whited
donated the use of the Viking Building to hold the benefit.
After all, Anthony was one of their son’s friends while he was
growing up in Cumberland.
Flyers were made and passed out and
posted in as many places as possible. People were recruited to
make pies, desserts, and side dishes for the big day.
On the day of the benefit, after
days of volunteer labor to get everything ready, there was a
lottery ticket tree, a 50/50 drawing and a corn-hole contest.
People arrived and participated in the contest while others
filled up the Viking gym. Better than 40 people signed up for
the auction with addresses from Cumberland, Caldwell,
Zanesville, Cambridge and more. The auction took place with
lots of action, cheers and applause when a particularly large
bid was made! In the meantime the kitchen kept busy as people
filed in and out with heaping plates of good food.
At the end of the day, the
surprised and grateful Anthony and Jessica were proudly
presented with more than $10,000.00
You can say what you want about the
big cities but this was a great example of how people from the
community rallied together to help a hometown boy.