Cooks for Christ benefit Jan. 23
Cooks for Christ will sponsor a chicken bog benefit for Gerard Poole of Mechanicsville Thursday, Jan. 23 at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road in Florence.
Poole, 34, was admitted to the hospital in December of 2017 after suddenly falling ill. No diagnosis was made and his illness remained a mystery until he was rushed to the hospital in September of 2018. He was then diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was hospitalized for 21 days and further tests revealed that he suffers from FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis), a kidney disease that can lead to kidney failure.
They also discovered several blood clots during testing. Poole has completed six rounds of chemotherapy and is on monthly medications that are very expensive. He is unable to return to work and has filed for disability. His wife, Alex, continues to work but has to care for him. Their income has been greatly reduced and medical bills are increasing. Cooks for Christ is raising funds to help the family with these expenses.
The Pooles are faithful members at Dominion Church in Darlington. Gerard loves to cook at church meetings or family outings. He enjoys the outdoors and hearing the dogs “run” is a favorite pastime. He was employed for over 11 years at Anderson and Keefe Investments.
Lunch will be served from11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Drive-through lanes will be open for convenience, and a bake sale will be held all day. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread.
Plates are $8 each. Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven or more plates. To schedule a delivery, complete a delivery form and fax or email according to instructions on the form.
To donate, make checks payable to “Gerard Poole Medical Fund.”
For additional information, contact Alexandria Poole at (843) 687-4577, Geraldine Poole at (843) 687-8410, Jean Tyner at (843) 917-8623, or Beverly McKee at (843)229-0348.