Community comes together to help cancer patients in Matthews

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – A community has come together to help their neighbors.

People gathered for a fun event called Rockin for a Mission at Matthews City Park on Saturday.

There they had a variety of fun games, bouncy houses for the kids, a silent auction, music and more.

We spoke with Big Prairie Jaycees President Lee Gardner who says this year they are helping a few local people who have been battling cancer.

“We’re just trying to let it be known that we care about each other in this little community,” Gardner said. “We are only a small town of 600 people, but the love we have for each other is outrageous. We just try to do whatever we can for people.

Money raised at the event will go directly to those affected by cancer. Unfortunately, a woman they had planned to help died recently.

“Ms. Sue actually passed away yesterday morning,” Gardner said. “We will obviously be donating all proceeds to her family to help with funeral expenses.”

Gardner said it was important to help those in need, especially knowing that this money could help cover any costs they may have incurred while visiting medical facilities.

“Most of the time these people struggle to pay their bills, they have to skip paying their bills and fall behind because of their hospital bills and gas as expensive as appointments at the doctor’s office. doctor and if they have to go all the way to St. Louis for stuff,” Gardner said.

The event was hosted by Big Prairie Jaycees. Last year at this event they were also able to raise around $7,000 for some people in need.

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