To the editor:

The Alton Hunt Club held a benefit on Saturday, July 20, at the Cluster Springs Ruritan Club for one of its members who has cancer.  Dillon Shotwell, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a few months ago, is only 27 years old and is currently undergoing chemo treatments here in South Boston.  

We decided that we needed to do something for him and his family to help while he is out of work and going through his treatments. The benefit was truly a wonderful success, and we would like to sincerely thank all those who played a part in that happening.  We can’t possibly name them all.  

We thank all the hunt club members and their families for making food, planning the day and working so hard that day. To all the folks who donated food, paper products, drinks, ice, raffle items and auction items, we thank you so much.  

Our entertainment was amazing with High Rock Ramblers, Lauren Williams, Red Bank Revival and Matt Boswell and the Hillbilly Blues Band performing.  

Of course, we had amazing support from all those attending who bought raffle tickets, food and bid on items in the auction.  

This small community really stepped up and showed off for this young man and his family, and we raised more than we ever expected.  

We truly thank each and every person who had a hand in making this day unforgettable.  

You never know when cancer may hit your family, and this was our way of helping just a little during such a hard time.  

Keep him and his family in your prayers as he fights this awful disease. 

Sincerely,

Stacey Long and the Alton Hunt Club

Alton