2 fundraisers set for Hanceville teen fighting cancer

Amanda Kilgo
I know what it's like to be a cancer mom, and I know they'll appreciate the help and support.”
Karen Cook


HANCEVILLE – In Oct. 2015 Hanceville’s Alexis “Lexie” York was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma. It is a type of sarcoma, which is cancer of the soft tissue (like muscle), the connective tissue (such as tendon or cartilage) or bone. It usually begins in the muscles that are attached to bones that help the body move. With tremendous faith in God, Lexie has shown no fear of the disease; she firmly believes she will be fine and live to be a very old age. Sadly, she and her family need as much help as they can get to cover the mounting medical expenses for her care. You can help support Lexie by coming out to one or both of the two fundraisers that are scheduled for next month.

The first will be on Saturday, Aug. 6. David, The Giant Slayer Ministries is hosting a benefit service for Team Lexie at Redemption Assembly of God Church from 6-10 p.m. The service will include a healing testimony from David Bailey, a 14-year-old cancer survivor from Hanceville. Patrick Allred with In The Light Ministries will be there also, as well as special guests, the gospel group Heartfelt Trio.

“I know what it's like to be a cancer mom, and I know they'll appreciate the help and support,” said Karen Cook, David Bailey’s mother. “Patrick Allred is with In The Light Ministries and is volunteering to help out,” she explained. “He has a ministry where he preaches and also paints while worship music is going. We are very excited to have him be a part of this service!

“Heartfelt Trio has a young guy in the group named Ryan Wilburn. He is 17 years old and is an awesome preacher! During the benefit singing we will take up a love offering. All the money we raise that night will go to Team Lexie,” said Cook.

The service begins at 6 p.m. however, there will be a cake/dessert auction at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall, so guests are encouraged to come as early.

Redemption Assembly of God is located at 516 Schaeffel Road, Cullman, AL 35055. For more information about the event, call Cook at 256-338-2340 or Michelle Key at 205-207-7720.

The second fundraiser will be on Saturday, Aug. 20. 256 Diesel Truck Club is hosting a benefit diesel truck show for Lexie at Smith Lake Park. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. There will be prizes awarded to the best overall truck, the cleanest truck and the dirtiest truck. There will also be lots of food, drinks, karaoke and dance music from Southern Sounds. The bands Bama Back Roads and Austin Lewis will perform. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the day.

Admission is $10 for adults, and children are free. Lexie and her family will receive 100 percent of the proceeds.

Smith Lake Park is located at 403 County Road 386, Cullman, AL 35057. For more information about the event, call Kayla Mayer at 256-590-9946.

Lexie is fighting her cancer like a champ. Her trust in God during this time in her life is truly something to see. Humble and sweet, she is an example for all of us who are experiencing hard times in life. But just like everyone, she and her family need your prayers and support. Lexie and her family wish to encourage others who are struggling with cancer through their Facebook account, Team Lexie. It is a place to celebrate life and pray for each other. It is also a way to keep up with Lexie and how she’s coming along. If you aren’t already following her, go to https://www.facebook.com/teamlexie and let her know you’re rooting for her!