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Benefit for local cancer survivor and family is Friday in Black Eagle

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The Kingsley Family.
The Kingsley Family.

Facing insurmountable odds, Walter Kingsley has proven to be a true survivor in every sense of the word.

A respected Air Force veteran, Walter was told by doctors in 2008 that at the age of 42 he had a 20 percent chance to live after being diagnosed with Stage-4 colon cancer.

The cancer quickly spread to his liver and lungs and the prognosis was not good. But, in September 2008 the main tumor was removed and Walter immediately began chemotherapy.

Kingsley, his wife Tammie, and their two sons to this day continue their journey that’s tested their faith, strength and hope.

Since the prognosis, the Kingsley family have traveled to two different treatment centers and have exhausted their savings and retirement funds to pay for the mounting expenses for Walter’s continuing chemotherapy that has helped keep him alive.

Friends and family have stepped up to pitch in and on Friday, a fundraiser for the Kingsley family takes place at the Black Eagle Community Center. The benefit dinner/silent auction runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

The local group Hydr8 performs throughout the night and attendees will be treated to a spaghetti dinner catered by JJ’s Bakery.

There will be a dessert auction, and a silent auction featuring donated items from area businesses such as Miss Linda’s School of Dance, Fuddruckers, Scheels, American Scorpion Kung Fu, McDonald’s, Laurie’s Therapeutic Massage, the Celtic Cowboy, Bowser Brewing Company, Glacier State Electric, Vintage Sellers, Crooked Tree Coffee and Cakes, and Pizza Hut.

There are more than 60 items to bid on in the auction, with all money raised going toward deferring the Kingsley’s medical expenses.
Tickets to the dinner are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 10 and younger.

If you would like to donate but cannot make the fundraiser, visit their YouCaring site to give, and check out the event’s Facebook page here.

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