Event to raise funds for cancer patient

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2006

SOUTH POINT — Molly Lewis has been employed at both Wal-Mart Supercenter and Curves fitness center and over the years she has met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. Now, some of those friends are getting together to help fund her battle against cancer.

The two South Point businesses will be hosting a walk-a-thon and a hot dog and bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the South Point Park.

All of the money raised with go to Lewis’ medical care and transportation costs. She was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer several months ago and has been undergoing chemotherapy and a series of surgeries since. Her most recent surgery was Monday.

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Lori Keyser, of Curves, said the fundraiser was something that she felt compelled to do because of what Lewis has done for everybody else.

From helping out those in need at Wal-Mart to donating quilts to be raffled for worthy cause, Lewis is always happy to jump in to lend a hand.

Lewis’ long-time co-worker at Wal-Mart Bev Kidd agreed.

“She would give anybody the shirt off her back. She would help out anyone,” Kidd said. “She is such a good person. She I always cracking jokes and wanting to have a good time.”

Although faced with a terminal illness, both Keyser and Kidd say their friend remains in good spirits.

“She’s still the same as she always was,” Kidd said. “She always stays positive. She’d doing better than the rest of us.”

Lewis was going to try to make it to Saturday’s event, but she has not fully recovered from her recent surgery and will probably not be able to come, Keyser said.

Lewis is married to her husband, Marty, and has a 21-year-old son, Nathan Simpkins.