Tahlequah Daily Press

Community Briefs

February 5, 2014

Benefit to help with girl’s cancer treatment

TAHLEQUAH — “Prayers for Payton” benefit lunch will be Friday, Feb. 14 starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Payton Swim is a 5-year-old who has overcome many medical obstacles in her life. She was born with spina bifida and continues to walk and attend dance class. When she was 3, she was diagnosed with PNET cancer on her spinal cord and had spread to her brain. She underwent intensive chemotherapy with three stem cell transplants and has been in remission for nearly two years. During an unrelated spinal surgery in January, it was discovered that the cancer had returned and is  again on her spinal cord with spread to her brain.

Payton’s chemotherapy and radiation treatments will be in Oklahoma City. She will be on chemotherapy for a year, with several trips to Oklahoma City monthly.

Food being served will include pulled pork, brisket, smoked bologna, mild links, sides, desserts and drinks. The smoked meats will be provided by Fraternal Order of the Police and local fire departments. There will be no set price on the food; it is by donation only. One hundred percent of the donations will go to Payton and her family to help offset traveling and medical costs.

Call in orders will be accepted. Call early for guaranteed delivery. Call Nate King at (918) 931-7836 or Todd Carnes at (918) 931-2685 and (918) 931-2684.

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