Hayride fundraiser to benefit cancer patient

Published 9:17 pm Friday, December 16, 2016

In one of his darkest hours, the community continues to rally around him.

On July 25, Kevin Scott Cutler, freelance writer with the Daily News and teaching assistant at Chocowinity Primary School, was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“We don’t know how I got it. There’s no way to pin down what the initial cause was,” Cutler said.

He is now undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy and monthly shots to slow the growth of the cancer. At a doctor’s appointment last month, Cutler said he was told his lung tumor had shrunk.

The fight is far from over, however, and with the treatment comes rising medical bills. That’s when Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity decided to step in.

On Monday, all proceeds from Raised in a Barn’s holiday hayrides in downtown Washington will go toward Cutler’s medical expenses.

“Kevin Scott Cutler is one of the greatest assets to our little community in Chocowinity and Beaufort County. He is currently fighting a battle with cancer and we want to show him our love and support from Raised In A Barn Farm and the community,” owner Jane Boahn wrote on the event’s Facebook page.

“I’m very appreciative of this. It means an awful lot when you’re going through something like this,” Cutler said. “It makes it a lot easier to deal with. You don’t feel so alone.”

The hayrides begin Monday at 5:30 p.m. and run in 30-minute intervals until 9 p.m., starting at the Turnage Theatre. Participants are asked to register for a spot before Monday, as seats fill up fast.

For Cutler, there is only one word that comes to mind: humbling.

“With the kind of cancer I have, the average survival is three to five years. There are people who live longer and people who don’t make it that long,” he said. “(Raised in a Barn is) not just a business. They really want to make a difference in the community. … I never thought I’d be on the receiving end of this.”

He said he has made it his mission now — as soon as he got the diagnosis, in fact — to be a witness for his faith in God and to comfort others going on the same journey.

Cutler said he is planning to be there Monday night for a hayride, but also for people to see where the money is going.

“It’s humbling. I’m usually publicizing this for other people,” Cutler said. “I’m not scared of dying. I’m at peace with it. I really think it’s kind of my mission and my testimony.”

“I feel very honored,” he said.

To register for a spot on the hayrides, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-hayrides-downtown-washington-nc-dec-19-23-tickets-29347555328. Tickets are $5.