CRESTVIEW — Learning she had cervical cancer was stressful for Rhonda Ward.
"It's just scary, that's all," the Crestview resident said.
However, specialists at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Rhonda has received treatments since August, and conversations with cancer survivors have provided reassurance.
"Since we have been here, the fear has diminished," Kenny, her husband of 12 years, said. "She is going to be OK."
Carla Kelley, a manager at Badcock Home Furniture and More in Crestview, wants to ensure both Rhonda, a Laurel Hill School bus driver, and her husband are OK; she’s organizing a Boston butts fundraiser to offset the Wards’ health insurance co-pays, along with travel and living expenses.
"Kenny is a longtime employee of ours," she said. "It breaks my heart that this is (happening)."
Kelley is taking orders for cooked Boston butts until Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the furniture store. Meals will be distributed Sept. 20 and 21 at Old Spanish Trail Park.
The Wards said they appreciate the store’s efforts.
"I will never be able to thank them enough," Rhonda said.
Want to order?
What: Boston butt fundraiser for Rhonda Ward
When: Place orders 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Badcock Home Furniture and More, 594 N. Main St., Crestview. Pick up meals 5-6 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 at Old Spanish Trail Park on Stillwell Boulevard.
Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.