Fighting for Tina

By Kayla Fleming

Tina Wheeler is a wife to one, a mother to two, and a friend to many in Macon County. She is also a person suffering from cancer, which has wreaked havoc with the families finances over the last six weeks. To help Wheeler and her family during this difficult time, Wheeler’s son’s girlfriend, Hannah Smith, and niece, Kassie White, have organized a benefit to raise money for the family.

Smith says the two got the idea from organizations they have been affiliated with. “My family and I knew that with no health insurance, she needed immediate funds and small communities seem to always help out the quickest,” replied Smith.

The benefit will consist of a four-on-four basketball tournament beginning at 10 A.M. this Saturday, Jan. 14 at Red Boiling Springs School. After the tournament, there will be a three-point competition open to anyone who wants to participate. The cost to enter the tournament is $75 per team, while the three-point competition will be $5 per person. The winners of both contests will receive a trophy. For more information on the basketball tournament, you can call Michael Smith at 615-633-1956.

A chili supper will be held during the benefit also, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a cakewalk at 6. During the cakewalk, there will also be a silent auction. Throughout the day, there will be bounce houses for kids and performances by local artist Wesley Davis.

Smith says volunteers are welcome for the benefit, “We would love for people to help! We will definitely needs lots of cakes and donations for the cake walk.” Smith adds that baskets and donations for the silent auction are also greatly appreciated. Anyone who is interested in helping with the chili supper or making a donation can call Smith at 931-319-1845 or Kassie White at 615-388-3063.

Smith says that “every penny” of the money raised will go to Wheeler and her family to help with medical expenses and tests, as the family is not sure what, exactly, Wheeler’s illness is. For current updates on the event, you can also follow the Facebook page “Fighting for Tina Benefit” or make a donation on their GoFundMe page of the same name.

By Kayla Fleming

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