Supporting A Veteran In Need

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It was a great time for people in Wirt County to give back to a veteran who helped serve our country.

Family members and friends came out to support Stanley "Tom" Burns.

He is diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

"My mom was loading the wheelchair every time they went to chemotherapy treatment over in Belpre and she was having a hard time after knee surgery so we decided to help her out by getting an electric wheelchair lift. They can't afford it financially so we decided to have the benefit," says Burns' Daughter, Belinda McCroskey.

C.L.L. is a type of cancer that starts from white blood cells in the bone marrow. It then invades the blood.

And for Burns who served in the Marines, it's a daily struggle.

"It's really hard, it really is, getting out of bed is just hard to deal with," added Burns.

"It's very hard because I mean been married for 41 years you know and now for the past almost five years on this C-L-L, he's now starting to lose his muscle tone on his legs. So he is pretty well confined with a chair or a cane," replied Burns' Wife, Sherry.

Stanley Burns might have a huge family here but they are very proud of everyone coming out and supporting for a good cause.

"It feels good to know that we got a lot of support. We were a little worried that we wouldn't have and we have a really good turnout and I'm really happy about that," Burns' Daughter, Angie Nutter said.

"To see all these people come here as they did for Tom, it just means a lot that the community pulls together like this. It's just unbelievable," says Gordon Linville.

People at the benefit got to listen to live entertainment and win prizes but most importantly, raising money to help Burns have an easy time traveling on wheels.

"I just want to say thank you to everyone out there that has help supported us and helped us privately and personally," added Sherry Burns.

"I think it's awful nice, everybody coming out. It's really surprising on how much people really want to help," Burns replied.

Burns and his family made over $5,000 in donations towards the electric wheelchair.

There will be a poker run in his honor at the Old Corral Bar and Grill in Parkersburg.

It's scheduled for this Saturday from noon to 4.

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