LAKE WYLIE -- The 2008 Justin Mychals Child Cancer Benefit will be held Sept. 21 to help Julia Nesbitt of Wesley Chapel, N.C., who was diagnosed four years ago with leukemia. She's 6.
"This is her second round," said Mychals explaining Nesbitt was chosen by event organizers through a partnership with the Levine Children's Hospital. "She's in remission now. She's had cancer since she was 2 years old. It's a heartbreaking story."
The event will be held from 1 p.m. to dark and includes music by Superglide, Contagious Blues Band, Kingdaddy, FIN and Justin Mychals All Star Band, as well as a silent auction, on the lawn between T-Bones on the Lake and Buster Boyd Access Area. So far, 20 sponsors have signed on. Plans also are under way for a yard sale and car wash Sept. 29 and a walkathon before the benefit.
"We want to add to it every year," Mychals said.
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The Justin Mychals benefit began its annual run in 2003 when Mychals, a professional musician in the Lake Wylie area, decided to host a fundraiser for the family of the late Dakota Gay, then battling brain cancer. Since then, a group of organizers has been working to sponsor one child each year to help with the high financial cost of fighting cancer.
For more information about the benefit and how to help, visit justinmychals.com.
The annual pirate-themed Lake Wylie Jam usually held in August has been cancelled this year, event organizer Rodger Harrison said Friday from Honduras.
For two years, Long Cove Marina & Yacht Club in Steele Creek has hosted the concert event that raises money Harrision's international humanitarian nonprofit Paramedics for Children that helps children in Honduras with medical and educational needs. Last year's event also raised money for Lake Wylie Fireworks Fund.
Harrison said he will be in Honduras all month working on programs to help the children,.
"We just lacked the manpower," he said, "but we're going to do it next year, I think."
Pilot editor Catherine Muccigrosso contributed.