'We just want to help'

Zoe Greszler • Jan 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM

WILLARD — A local family is asking for the community’s support during a hard time as cancer hits them for a second time.

Stephanie Jones said her uncle Terry Robinson, of Willard, was diagnosed with acute leukemia in September, a diagnosis that was hard for the family to go through.

After “numerous chemo treatments and several trips” to the hospital in Columbus, he was cancer free.

“Then last month they did a spinal tap and found cancer in his spinal fluid,” Jones said. “They’ve started aggressive treatment hoping to attack it before it gets worse and get rid of it.”

She said the treatments seem to be working and the doctors are “hopeful” about his prognosis, but the experience has been difficult for the family. Robinson has two grown sons and grandchildren. He lives with his wife. 

“It’s up and down, but it’s a very emotional time for them,” Jones said. 

Jones said Robinson is now being prepped for a stem cell transplant which will result in a hospital stay of up to six weeks to make sure his body doesn’t reject the treatment and harm his organs.

Jones said she and her family were moved to try and help her uncle in the time of need and anxiety with a benefit.

The benefit dinner will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Willard Moose Lodge. The event will include a DJ, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and more.

“I know there’s not enough money to ever pay the bills,” she said. “They will still have the bills, but we just want to help with this.” 

All proceeds from the benefit will help with medical bills and travel to and from appointments Jones said.

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