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An early thanks for giving

Published 9:03pm Friday, November 9, 2012

To the Editor:
On Nov. 3, a barbecue fundraiser was held for my brother-in-law, Tom Burbage. My family and a few friends were able to raise over $3,200 toward Tom’s medical expenses. I would like to thank God for giving us a beautiful day and bringing my family and friends together to help Tom and Daria in a very difficult time in their lives. Tom is 52 years old and has acute myloid leukemia and has had a bone marrow transplant. After spending over three months in Chapel Hill, he is home recovering. He is doing well and we are hoping for a cure.
Many thanks to Wes Williams and his team of pig cookers (Matt Boyd, Taylor Buck and Shane Williams) for staying up all night to prepare the barbecue. Wes knows very little about our family but gave his time to do a great deed for us. Wes, you are an angel! Thanks to my sister, Regina Boyd, who organized the whole event. To Lynn Galloway for her efforts in soliciting donations and helping the day of the fundraiser. To the following businesses: Camfil Farr and Ryan Sterrenburg (for purchasing the pigs), Food Lion, Lee’s Country Kitchen, and Signs Now (for donating and designing the tickets). Thanks to May’s Glass for providing the perfect location.
Also, thanks for the team of family and friends for coming together and making this fundraiser a success: Darla, Thomas, and Jaime Burbage, Adam Burbage, Rica Evangelio, Regina, Matt, Skylar, and Lindsey Boyd, David Shaw, Ricky, Dorinda, and Leann Godley, Lynn and Lacy Galloway, and Mary Ross, and Karen Harrison.
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and gave donations. We are very grateful to you.
Tom has a great attitude and remains upbeat through this emotional and financial challenge, and hopes to return to work when fully recovered. Please keep him in your prayers.
CINDY SHAW
Washington

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