Family to hold benefit for cancer victim

By Martin Graham -

Amber Haines

Amber Haines

The family of a woman who recently died of cancer will honor her memory and mourn together with a benefit to help with the cost of her battle against the disease this Saturday.

Amber Haines, a 35-year-old Fayette County resident who recently passed away from cervical cancer, was the wife of Jason Haines and the mother of three boys, Logan, 18, Calvin, 5, and Elliot, who just turned 4-years-old. She was well-liked and could be seen with a smile always on her face, according to her cousin and benefit organizer, Ashley Matthews. Matthews said that Haines was an employee of Hartley Oil and worked at many of the gas stations in town, which is where most people would have seen and known her from.

“Every time I saw her she would always give me a hug, give anyone a hug,” Matthews said. “She knew a lot of people and a lot of people knew her. She had been battling cancer a little over a year. I don’t know too much about how it progressed, but I just think she didn’t want to really worry anyone about what was going on. When we got older we had more contact and we share the same birthday. She would always invite me to go enjoy our birthday together. Amber was always very positive, friendly and nice to everyone. She would do anything for anybody and was a very giving person. She loved camping, music and hanging out with her boys.”

The benefit will be held at Bottoms Up Bar N Grill, located at 1173/1174 McArthur Road at Jeffersonville Crossing. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with registration for a poker run, with $15 for single riders, $20 for a pair and $20 for a carload. The route will start at Bottoms Up, takeoff at noon, and then will travel to Deb’s in Jamestown, follow with a stop at the Moose in Sabina, continue on to the VFW in Greenfield, travel to J’s Corner in Washington Court House and finish back at Bottoms Up. Each stop will take about 30 minutes and cars and trucks are welcome.

At 8 p.m., a silent auction will be held with prizes, including gift cards to local restaurants, free food, haircuts, oil changes, and even free conceal and carry classes valued at $75 a piece. DJ Jay will begin at 9 p.m. and a 50/50 drawing will be held. Matthews thanks: Take 2, Roosters, Bob Evans, EZ Oil, Great Clips, Frisch’s, The Willow, Performance Motor Cars, Ray Grooms Towing and Recovery, Jim Gusweiler, Anytime Fitness, Peebles, Saturdays Reds Custom Cycle, Court House Customs, Giovanni’s, Custom Cuts Barbershop, Richard Coy, Vicki Matthews, Melissa Downing, Allen Leach, Kelli Grim Bartruff and the many others who helped her with the event.

“If anyone could take time to come to the poker run, that would be great and could help a lot, but if not that is fine,” Matthews said. “The silent auction and DJ will be there that evening and we would really like it if the community could help the family as they deal with the loss. Amber will be missed by everyone.”

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By Martin Graham

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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