Elvis Presley himself is coming out this Saturday to help a young man in his fight against childhood cancer.
A Night with Elvis is a benefit for Kenneth Stewart, better known in the Dawson community as Soldier Boy. Stewart was initially diagnosed with medulloblastomas brain tumors over four years ago. Since then, he has been in and out of treatments for the cancer, including taking an experimental drug last summer.
Since then, the tumor in Stewarts brain, along with several other smaller tumors, have continued to grow and expand.
Stewart is now resting at home. As of Jan. 7, he is in stable condition. The recent MRI results show growth but as of today, his condition is stable at this time and spirits are high, said his aunt, Kimberly Segraves, who is also coordinating the fundraising event.
Segraves and Stewart are hopeful that the Jan. 12 event will bolster the spirits of the family and bring the community together once more in support of Kenneth.
Along with Elvis impersonator Damon Hendrix, local singer Kevin Woody will also perform that evening. Were going to do cake walks, were going to do raffles, said Shelley Swofford, a family friend and event organizer. Weve got a lot of Dawson County businesses that have been donating gift cards and baskets (for the raffle).
The raffle will be held in a silent auction. Winners must be present to win.
To help pull the event off, Swofford is in need of donated supplies, most significantly forks, plates and drinks. She is also still looking for people to bake cakes and donate prizes for the silent auction. To donate, or for more information, contact Swofford at (706) 531-8337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenny loves Elvis, Swofford said. This is going to be a great night.