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Fundraiser planned for Pearson

NATCHEZ — Two area churches are joining together to help the Rev. Steve Pearson of Community Chapel Church of God in his ongoing battle with cancer.

Danny Freeman, Cliff Temple Baptist Church and Community Chapel Church Relay for Life team leader has organized a barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser to help Pearson meet the costs of treatments for liver cancer.

This is not Pearson’s first experience with cancer. His congregation rallied to help him with the cost of treatments when he had colon cancer. After doctors confirmed the colon cancer was gone, Pearson was diagnosed with liver cancer.

The $8 plates will be available for pick up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday at Community Chapel on Morgantown Road.

Almost 900 tickets were printed for the fundraiser, and there are only a few left. Freeman said this is a testament to the positive impact Pearson has had on the community.

“Steve gives 100 percent to the community, but now he needs a little help,” Freeman said. “So this is our chance to give back to him.”

Freeman is heading up the effort because cancer has had a personal impact on his own life. He lost his wife to breast cancer a few years ago.

“If you need Bro. Steve for anything, he will be there for you,” Freeman said. “This is a chance to be there for him. Natchez has always been good about pulling together to help each other. We have good people here.”

Parkway Baptist Church is also pitching in on the fundraising effort.

To purchase a ticket or for more information call Freeman at 601-431-1535.