By Joyell Nevins

Courtesy of the Weekly Record Herald

TIPP CITY – How would you like to be told you had cancer on your 12th birthday? Sarah McKinney’s life and the life of her parents Darren and Amy has now turned into a cycle of chemotherapy, radiation and later on, surgery.

Sarah was in school for two days this year before receiving the diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma (bone cancer) that has spread to her lungs.

To help offset medical expenses, Jennifer Fry and Sarah’s aunts Kim Sliser and Sheri Moore are coordinating a benefit fundraiser this weekend. Fry is a friend of the family and understands what its like to have a child in and out of hospitals. Her son had medical problems a few years ago, and a friend held a similar benefit for her family.

“You just can’t thank people enough for that,” Fry said. “This is my way of giving back.”

The fundraiser will include a 50/50 drawing, concession-style food and baked goods. Both a DJ and musicians will be providing entertainment. Scentsy and Thirty-One representatives will have a table set up and will be donating a portion of the proceeds back to the McKinney family.

There will also be a silent auction, with items including handmade soaps, jewelry, local gift cards, a gun safe, orgiami owl, Tipp City athletic wear, car detail, oil change, salon services, and other offerings.

The McKinney Fundraiser will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Broadway Elementary, 223 W. Broadway Ave. in Tipp City. For more information or to donate auction items, call Jen Fry at (937) 451-1321. You can also like “Sending Prayer’s to Sarah.”

Donations can also be made at any PNC Bank location by using the name Sarah McKinney.