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Benefit for Mickey and Nancy Walley is today

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By Brian Garner

A BBQ plate fundraising event for a local couple who are both struggling with forms of cancer has been organized with the help of the Fort Lawn Fire Department, Richburg Masonic Lodge and the Richburg Fire Department. The benefit is set for today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Richburg Fire Department.

BBQ plates will be served on site at the fire department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner will be served on site from 5 to 7 p.m. while the food lasts. Pre-order take out or delivery starts at 10 a.m. and there is a minimum order of 10 or more for delivery. A plate of BBQ, green beans, mac & cheese, slaw and a roll is $10.

The fundraiser is for Mickey and Nancy Walley, who are both cancer patients.Both have been active citizens and servants of the community and state most of their lives. Nancy is retired from teaching and Mickey is retired from the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

The couple’s son is Mike Walley. Although he still works for the S.C. Forestry Commission as his father did, Walley sold his own business so he could spend more time looking after his father and mother. His wife, sister and brother-in-law also share some of the caregiver duties, Walley said.

“My mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma first, and that was in late 2016 and then in 2017, we found out my father also has cancer,” Walley said.

“He went to the ER for chest pains and shortness of breath, honestly thinking it was a heart attack and it ended up his heart was fine, but his lungs were not. We also found out the cancer has metastasized to his brain as well,” Walley said. Mickey Walley was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.

Walley said the household keeps it together by having faith in the Lord, “that if we do our part, He will take care of the rest, as we always have in everything throughout our lives. We deal day-by-day and do what we can, whatever is required of us to help out,” he said.

Walley said both his parents are undergoing chemotherapy treatments and his mother will soon go in for stem cell transplant therapy.

“Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that is not curable, but it is treatable, as is the Stage 4 lung cancer with my dad,” Mike Walley said.

He said the family has gotten great advice from his father-in-law who is a radiation oncologist.

“He has really been helpful with advice throughout this whole process with both of my parents,” he said.

Walley said his parents help support each other through the difficult days, just as they have done throughout their lives, and “like any marriage should work,” he said.

Walley said the benefit started as an idea with the rural fire board and Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp, and then the Richburg Masonic Lodge got involved. Both Mickey and Mike Walley are members of the lodge. The Richburg Fire Department offered the space and the benefit was planned and prepared.

“I think it is wonderful and so does my family, especially my parents. They are really overcome with the amount of kindness and the support that is out there in the community, with friends and within the lodge and the fire departments,” Walley said.

For more information on the benefit or to make pre-orders for pick up or delivery (minimum 10), call  Scott Hill at 803-417-8844, Joe Howell at 803-554-1540or Mike Walley at 803-519-7472.