Two local siblings have come together to help raise money for a family friend suffering from cancer.
This Saturday at ERA Martin and Associates, 1010 Leesburg Ave. in Washington C.H., an event will be held to raise money for Houston Coe, a local dealing with his second battle with cancer. Pictures with Santa Claus will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. The organizers, Stacie Moore and her sister Terra Hunt, asked ERA if they would be willing to let them hold this event and they said yes. After locking down a Santa Claus, who will be Jay Yahn, the duo was ready to go.
“I have known him and his family for years,” Moore said during an interview Monday. “I am a hobby photographer, and his family has always supported by work throughout the years. I even did his senior pictures this last summer. Houston is such a super nice kid and I felt terrible for the family. I wanted to find a way to give back to the family for being such a great friend to me.”
Coe, a Miami Trace High School senior, has battled cancer before. When he was 12, according to Moore, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer. ALL is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, and can affect red blood cells and platelets as well. Moore said that he was cleared of it in the past year, but unfortunately Coe and his family received bad news: the cancer had returned.
Moore had a few words to say to Coe, “Stay strong,” she said. “If someone would like to bring a card for him to the event, we will accept them. During the event though we are going to be taking donations for the family to help offset medical costs. We really hope the community can make it out to support him and the family during this time.”
For more information about the event, visit the Facebook event page by typing “Pictures with Santa Claus,” or by calling Moore at (740) 357-2161.
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