One man loves Bedford County and has dedicated much of his life to serving the community.
Roger Cheek, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, has experienced an outpouring of love from the people he has served as a county supervisor for which he served 12 years.
The disease is an aggressive blood illness, according to research.
“He was having severe back pain and originally when he went to the doctor they found he had collapsed vertebrae,” said April Cheek, Roger’s daughter. “At the hospital we learned blood clots and formed in his lungs and the doctors found more collapsed vertebrae, a sign of the disease. My father has worked hard his whole life. The insurance is a real problem.”
Now Roger, 60, is facing chemotherapy without his insurance covering the cost. Treatment for the disease is costly with one medication costing more than $1,000 monthly.
According to April, some of the treatment he needs to be on will only be covered by insurance for one month of medication and he needs to be on it for a long time.
“Fellow supervisor and friend Steve Arrington and wife Donna sprang into action when they heard of Roger Cheek’s need,” stated a Cancer Compass article.
A concert was held recently in the auditorium at Liberty High School to raise funds. One of the featured bands was Second Flyte which recreates the 1965 West Coast music trend that was and still is the answer to the British invasion, according to Arrington.
The five members of the band each portray a member of The Byrds and members donated their talents to the cause.
“He’s just a friend, colleague, and a brother,” said Arrington of Roger.
“Roger’s done so much for Bedford County and acted so selflessly,” said George Aznavorian, one of the benefit organizers.
The Cheek family said they are touched with gratitude by the dozens of cards received daily in support.
In McKinney, TX one mom who happens to be a tongue cancer survivor pursues her dream to make ï¿½em laugh as a comedian.
Laura Bartlett has been on stage many times, she said and she hasn’t quit her day job in corporate America at 39.
She’s a single mom to two teenagers but always dreamed of being in show biz.
She recently was featured in an arts center show’s first comedy gig and finds time to visit sponsors.
“In her life and in between errands she stops to appreciate the humor,” said writer Michael Mooney. “She sees the world as a series of comedy bits. Her act is family friendly, drifting from reality television to the absurdity of online dating to duck crossings.”
“When the laughs come it makes all the compromise and the doubt and panic worthwhile,” said Bartlett. “I thought a lot about performing but didn’t pursue it when I was married.”
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