LUMBERTON — Community members are hoping to raise more than $30,000 during a two-part charitable event on Friday, that would be put toward paying for a Lumberton High School student’s medical bills.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. residents are invited to attend a $10 plate sale happening at Lumberton High School and being organized by Wade Hall, pastor for Elizabethtown Church of God, in Elizabethtown. At 7:30 p.m., attendees will then be given the opportunity to watch some matches being put on by Positive Outreach Wrestling, at $10 a seat in the Lumberton High School gymnasium. As with the plate sale, all proceeds will be donated to the Scott family.
Scott, a 16-year-old Lumberton High School sophomore, was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in his stomach in late May. Along with a tumor the size of a cantaloupe, the cancer has since spread to other organs, including his intestines and his bladder. He has also experienced blood clots in both his legs and his lungs.
In response to the news of Scott’s health problems, a GoFundMe.com page was created by a group of concerned mothers who also have children attending Lumberton High School. The page, which has a stated goal of raising $6,000, has so far managed to raise a little more than $4,200.
Hall says he has no connection to the Scott family, nor has he communicated with them about the event. According to Hall, he had learned about the family’s plight from a drummer at his church who had graduated from Lumberton High School and felt moved to take action.
“The Lord weighed on our hearts to help and we stepped out on faith by the calling (of) God,” Hall said. “I am doing it because God told me to. All of the proceeds are going straight to the Scott family.”
Food being served at the event will include a rib-eye steak, baked potato, salad, cake and a roll, with other items to be announced.
According to Hall, with more than 3,000 steaks being cooked, he is hoping to raise more than $30,000.
The Positive Outreach Wrestling event will feature independent wrestlers from around the state and is being sponsored by Lumberton Honda.
“I don’t know what kind of condition [Chadd Scott] is in but we wish he could be there as a guest of honor,” said Shawn Thornton, organizer of the Positive Outreach Wrestling match. “I understand he has been really brave about it.”
Larry Scott, Chadd Scott’s father, learned about the fundraisers from a friend though he says he has yet to have time to reach out to those organizing the events. He says he is overwhelmed by the support shown by the community, but that he, nor Chadd, would be able to attend either event due to Chadd having a chemotherapy appointment.
“We sure appreciate what everybody is doing. Our hearts reach out to everyone who is giving to us,” Larry Scott said. “I wish my arms were big as God’s, so they’d be big enough to hug all these people who are helping us.”
Those not able to attend either event can still give to the cause by donating to Chadd Scott’s GoFundMe.com page, at www.gofundme.com/9o9j8c.