By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
A Saturday evening fundraiser at Abrams’ Pinetops location will benefit Eric Norville. a 17-year-old student at SouthWest Edgecombe High School who has brain cancer.
“All the funds go to Norville for medical and hospital bills,” said Barbara Hines, a fundraiser coordinator with Abrams. “Any donations would be appreciated, no matter how small.”
The upcoming family-friendly fundraiser, slated for 5-9 p.m., will include food and free entertainment, primarily gospel and country music.
Entertainment acts include James Knight Jr., Wanetta Knight, the Webb Boys and Judy Braxton, Musick Dance Studio and more. Rides will be set up in the vacant parking lot next to Abrams, at 201 Hamlet St., and will include an inflatable slide and a bounce house. The cost of a rides wristband is $10. Individual ride tickets are $1 apiece. Barbecue chicken plates with slaw and potatoes and hushpuppies are $8 and hot dogs are $1.25.
Norville and Hines both are optimistic about the turnout for the upcoming fundraiser. Three hundred people turned out for a fundraising golf tournament for the teen in August.
“I think the people in the area will support him really well,” Hines said. “When something happens in the area, I think everybody just chips in and helps out.”
Norville has had the support of the community since he was diagnosed with cancer.
“It’s been really good,” he says. “It’s just been a lot of people’s support, so it’s been easy.”
Support for Norville will continue at a fundraising baseball game Sept. 14 at SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Norville just finished his radiation treatments, and his golf swing has improved since he began the treatments.
“Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I was having problems hitting the ball, because of where my tumor was. It was in the coordination spot (the cerebellum),” Norville said. “I’m actually going to play on the SouthWest golf team this year.”
The active teen hasn’t let cancer interfere with his everyday life, but it has had an impact on his spiritual life.
“It hasn’t really affected me other than getting closer to Him (Jesus),” Norville said.
Norville is feeling better these days, and other than getting sick a few times every day, he said he is doing alright.
“I’ve got about four more weeks until I go back for treatment,” he said. “I’ve got chemo for about another 53 weeks. I’m done with radiation.”
For more information about Saturday’s fundraiser, call Abrams at 827-5734.