Thursday, January 20, 2011

Helping Out a Brother

Local IOP firefighter Seth Bacon was shocked when he found out that he had been diagnosed with cancer Sept. 1. He had surgery the very next day. Seth, 32, said, “Wow, I can’t believe this is happening to me. It is usually one of the things you read about, but it is not supposed to happen to you.” But unfortunately it had and in December at MUSC, Bacon found out from doctors that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes.

Seth has been a firefighter the past 10 years and is scheduled to have major abdominal surgery next month. Opposed to having chemotherapy, he has opted for surgery, saying, “hopefully the surgery will be successful, so that we can nip the cancer in the bud.” The surgery could last from 4-14 hours and he could be in the hospital for 4-7 days. “So, we can’t nail down the costs exactly,” he said.

When Sue Feher, owner of The Break Room in Mount Pleasant, found out about the expensive surgery, she told Seth's girlfriend, Jessica Miller, that she wanted to host some sort of benefit. Seth has known Sue for years and is humbled by her generosity. She has put together a benefit pig roast at The Break Room in Brickyard neighborhood on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 1-5 p.m. “Because his bills are mounting, we are asking everyone to pull together and pitch in,’ said Feher. Sue, who also owns three other bars, said that she has put boots up on the bars in the restaurants to help raise funds.

“My employees are busy gathering prizes to be auctioned off,” said Feher. Some of the items that will be included in the silent auction are a bicycle, rounds of golf, gift certificates to local restaurants and Kiawah, among other things.

The Pig Roast is $5.00 a plate and retired North Charleston Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Bray will be cooking the pig. Music will be played by the Mike Thompson Band, who is donating their time to the benefit. Other local organizations have donated items as well. All of the proceeds will help Bacon with his medical expenses.

The Break Room is located at 2700 Highway 17 North. Bacon will also be guest- bartending this Saturday starting at 6:00 p.m.

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