Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

June 20, 2013

Church rallies community against cancer

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — As one effort gives way to the next, the battle is never over for the countless number of individuals diagnosed with cancer.

Embracing such a form of unity with another example is the First United Methodist Church of Elmore City, who has rallied behind two of their members, Mike House and Terry Stanley.

With the former diagnosed with multiple forms of the disease and the latter struggling with throat cancer, those like member Connie Pirtle hope to at least ease some of the financial strain as the congregation is set to host a fundraiser dinner Sunday, June 23.

“It’s just a way of helping them with expenses of driving to Oklahoma City every day,” said Pirtle, who was approached by her pastor to help organize the efforts with her fellow parishioners. “The whole community has been fantastic.”

Both individuals are well established in the community as well as the church, with House growing up in town and attending school nearby and Stanley making a home there for quite some time. It just seemed like the right thing to do in the close knit community where they have forged many friendships.

The meal will feature Indian tacos, desserts and a drink and is only a sample of how many residents have already begun to respond. It all gets going at 11 a.m. and will run until everyone is filled up and stops coming for the good eats.

The generosity made an appearance almost immediately as no lack of people have offered to help out with the meal like cooking or serving and even the local grocery store has donated the meat for the tacos, said Pirtle.

The location set for the meal is the Elmore City-Pernell Elementary cafeteria and while no set amount has been decided on yet, donations of regular meal price will go a long way.

Other financial donations aside from the meal will also be accepted and people are encouraged to enquire about other needs the families may need during these difficult times.

“I hope I never have to go through what they’re going through,” said Pirtle. “It’s just been a community effort...They’re just close friends.”

For more information on how to donate or help, call Pirtle 580-788-2615 or the church at 580-788-2761.