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Update: A helping hand

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brazil resident Mark Buckingham is collecting money and setting up a benefit to help cover medical expenses and other needs for friends Byron (right) and Lisa Halfhill. Courtesy Photo.
UPDATE: An account has been established in the name of Byron and Lisa Halfhill at Riddell National Bank.

Those interested in donating money to the family may do so by stopping by the bank during regular business hours.

* Area resident assisting friend during difficult times

During the Christmas season, local resident Byron Halfhill took time, like anyone else would, to work on his home.

While working in his home, he felt a "pop" in his arm.

His family thought perhaps his arm had fell out of place. However, they took him to the hospital as a precaution.

While performing an X-ray, it was discovered Byron had broken his arm. Because where the break took place, no cast could be placed on his arm.

But after reviewing the X-ray and a CT scan, doctors discovered Byron's arm lining was surprisingly thinning and they saw what they thought were possible cancer spots.

Byron was stricken with bone cancer.

Specifically, Byron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

In addition, his wife, Lisa, suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is need of a special back brace, totaling $1,200.

Byron's friend, Mark Buckingham, told The Brazil Times he has started collecting money for the Halfhills to help cover medical expenses and various other items

"He's a co-worker," Buckingham said of Byron. "I took it upon myself to get collections going."

Buckingham said he has already gone to co-workers at Great Dane looking for donations. Both he and Byron work there. He added he intended on passing out fliers throughout the city asking for donations.

Buckingham said he had already collected close to $600.

Buckingham added friends of the Halfhills are attempting to put together a trust fund for the family at Riddell National Bank. In addition, Buckingham's other business, Buck's House of Color, 10851 N. Harmony Northridge St., Brazil, will also be taking donations, as a portion of any order through the business will go to benefit the Halfhill family.

Buckingham added a benefit for the Halfhills is in the works but no date has been set.

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Its a need right in our front door, closer than Haiti where the need is great also, if you can please help them out and best wishes to both of you.

-- Posted by Soni on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 9:24 AM

God blessed you. Use it wisely.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 7:37 PM

You guys are with me in my thoughts and prayers.

-- Posted by JimJim69 on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 8:44 PM

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