The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 14, 2013

Auction to aid local man fighting brain cancer


A benefit auction is set for Saturday to help a Palestine man who is fighting brain cancer.

Cliff Perry, 46, was diagnosed a few months ago with glioblastoma. He and his wife, Ashly, have five children and two grandchildren. Three of his children still live at home.

Until the time of his diagnosis, Perry was employed with Baker Chemical in Fairfield, driving a truck.

“Due to seizures caused by the brain cancer, he is not able to work. His employer has been very good to him and is trying to keep him on the insurance as long as he can to help with bills, but that is going to end at some point,” said April Johnston, who is his aunt and part of the group of “Cliff Hangers” who are hosting the benefit auction. “His treatments are going to get more intense and life of a family still goes on.”

The benefit auction will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine Senior Activity Center, located at 200 Church St. in Palestine. The auctioneer will be Colton London.

“I think it will be a good time for everyone to visit, make some friends while helping a good cause,” Johnston said. “That's what the world runs on, helping others.”

Food, drinks and auction items are all part of this event. Shep's B-B-Q & Catering will provide a barbecue meal which will include sliced brisket, sausage, potato salad, salad, beans and tea.

“Shep's is donating a portion of that to help us. He (Bruce Barrett) is very kind to help us with the meal,” Johnston said.

The $25 ticket to attend the benefit auction will include the barbecue meal and five tickets for the drawing.

“We will eat first and hope to start the auction at 5:30 p.m.,” Johnston said. “We will have different raffle baskets set around the room such as an Avon basket, gardening basket, Ducks Unlimited, princess basket, all kinds of things. You can take your five tickets and put them in for a chance to win the ones you like. You can buy extra raffle tickets for a dollar.”

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