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To the editor: A few days before Christmas, a true Christmas story took place here in Shallotte. A little over a year ago, my son was diagnosed with Stage Three colon cancer (he lives in Tampa, Fla., and has two small children).
A few weeks after his operation, he received a call from his employer in Boston, informing him the company could no longer carry him. He would receive two weeks severance pay and shortly thereafter, would be responsible for his own health coverage under Cobra.
His field is in medical sales, but as we all know, jobs everywhere have become scarce during the past year.
Recently, I was called into Rivers Edge, where I am a part-time employee. The parking lot was packed and the golf carts were positioned for a tournament and a shotgun start.
Rick Ferrell, the club pro, then called me forward.
To my surprise, the event had been organized (I believe on short notice) as a benefit on behalf of my son, Cam.
Perfect strangers were hugging me and many were telling me of their own family situations with this terrible disease. More than $4,000 was raised for Cam. My family was greatly moved by this outpouring of generosity.
There is simply no way we can adequately express our gratitude, but as far as I am concerned, the property owners at Rivers Edge, their friends and the staff of Rivers Edge were all part of a real Christmas story right here in Brunswick County.