Benefit to help local man battling cancer

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News


The South Westfield Ruritan Club will host a spaghetti supper on Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the South Westfield Ruritan Building, with all proceeds going to benefit a member of their community during a time of need.

According to South Westfield Ruritan Club President James Jessup, Keith Garrell has recently been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of brain cancer. He has already faced one surgery and is undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments. Proceeds from the benefit will help the family offset medical bills.

Keith, 52, and his wife, Ellen, have two adult children. Allison, an East Surry graduate who works at Mount Pilot Child Enrichment Center and who has recently received CNA certification; and Adam, an employee of Pike Electric Corp., who is engaged to marry Taylor Harper in August.

The family moved to the area a few years ago after Keith had served 23 years with the Winston-Salem Police Department. The family attends Jessup Grove Baptist Church where Keith serves as a deacon.

“This is a loving family, the type of people that you can’t help but feel as if they’ve been a part of your community for their entire lives,” Jessup said.

The meal will be served on a donations-only basis at the Ruritan building, located at 2582 Cook School Road.

Jessup voiced appreciation to a pair of local businesses who have, through their donations, given a boost to planning for the benefit. He noted that Mayberry Meats and More is donating ground beef for the event while K&W Cafeteria is donating some 20 pies to be used as desserts during the evening.

“This benefit and others like it are the heart of the Ruritan organization,” Jessup explained. “Our goal is to be there to reach out to those who need it. Given the severity of this illness and the financial burden on this family, our club is glad to be able to reach out and do our part to help, working with the support of this caring community in which we’re so fortunate to live.”


By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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