First Posted: 6/28/2009
DOBSON Several dozen people gathered at Horse Lovers Lane in Dobson Saturday morning for a wagon train to benefit a 4-year-old boy from Surry County diagnosed with leukemia.
Cole Chrisley, the son of Scott and Karen Chrisley, was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells, in October 2008 and is receiving chemotherapy for the next three years of his life until December 2011.
Money raised from the wagon train benefit will all go toward his medical treatment.
Mary Lane, Coles grandmother, said her grandson is a special boy and shes glad that people would come out and support him and the family.
She said the idea behind a wagon train benefit is because the family and its friends are horse enthusiasts and enjoy riding. The ride kicked off at about 10 a.m. and took participants from Dobson to Rockford on back roads, before returning to Horse Lovers Lane around 4:30 p.m. Nearly 60 people on horses and several wagon trains headed out for the ride.
Lane said Cole is doing well in his treatments, and the family is positive.
For the most part, hes doing good, she said of Coles health. Hes going to go through three different phases of chemotherapy for three years. He doesnt realize hes sick, hes an angel.
Lane said Cole had a recent stint in the hospital with pneumonia for almost a week, but that he was gradually getting back on his feet.
Hes going to get better, and I know the Lord will provide for him. Weve been blessed with good friends to help us, she said.
One of those good friends is Danny Harrison, who helped organized the fundraiser for the family on his property on Horse Lovers Lane, which is where people can come and ride their horses.
Harrison said he often enjoys helping people out and thats why he wanted to support the Chrisley family.
I like to do stuff for people, I enjoy doing what I can to help others, he said, adding he often uses his property to host events similar to this weekends wagon train fundraiser.
Edith and Jerry Payne said Harrison called on them to also help with the event by making chicken stew.
The couple said they understand the plight that the Chrisleys faced because they dealt with their adult son going through a bout of cancer when he was a teenager.
We wanted to help out, hes just a wild little boy, said Jerry Payne, smiling. He and his wife also personally know the Chrisleys.
Were here because our son had cancer, now hes 32-years-old, married and free of cancer, Edith Payne said.
The wagon train benefit was a three-day event that included a concert by the Cotton Mouth Xpress on Saturday.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.