Fundraiser to help local student battling cancer
A silent auction, dinner and cake walk are among some of the events slated to help raise money for a local student battling cancer.
The Jackson Hall fundraiser is scheduled for 4:30 – 9 p.m. Saturday at the Park and Recreation Center in Highlands.
Jackson Hall, a 2016 Highlands School graduate is battling a germ cell tumor of the retroperitoneum, the anatomical space in the abdominal cavity behind the peritoneum, the membrane lining the stomach. Jackson is the son of Chuck and Jane Hall, of Cashiers, and a freshman at Appalachian State University.
Hall is currently receiving treatment following surgery at Wake Forest Baptist hospital.
In February of this year, there was evidence the cancer had returned, according to event organizer Gina Billingsley. After extensive treatment, the cancer is still evident. Hall’s medical team advised him to seek further medical opinions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York.
“The Highlands and Cashiers community is rallying around Jackson in his battle to beat this disease,” Billingsley said. “Donations can be made to any Entegra Bank branch in the Highlands and Cashiers area. Checks can be made out to the Jackson Hall Fund.”
Billingsley said anyone wanting to make a donation to Saturday’s fundraiser can drop them off at Highlands School to her attention.
Billingsley said it was a total team effort to bring the community together to help out one of its own, citing Chris Green, Melanie Miller, Anne Porter, Suzanne McDavid, Joni Wavra, Sandy Taylor and Hannah Drummonds in providing critical help in making the event happen.
Food will be provided by On the Verandah in Highlands.
The fundraiser is still accepting donations of gift cards and certificates, any complimentary business-provided service and any item of interest that would be appropriate for an auction.