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The dictionary meanings of the word “community” don’t come close to describing the true nature of the word when you see it in action. Words often fail to communicate the importance of a helpful event, or show of support, or a gentle hug when you most need one.
All of these things came together on Saturday, April 13, when over 500 people showed up at our Michael Hargon Benefit at Sierra Ridge School in our hometown of Pollock Pines. To everyone who joined us, who volunteered, who donated money, time and goods, we want to say thank you.
A special thanks to the following people and groups: the Girl Scouts, Sierra Ridge School, superintendent and principals, family, many businesses, parent-teacher club participants and so many friendships that go back 30 years or more. We’d like to recognize and thank Rhonda Hammond for coming up with the idea for the event, the Agahi family for taking on the food committee and Carmen Burns for heading the auction. Words cannot express our thanks.
As Michael’s family, we have often felt overwhelmed with concern and worry about the rare and aggressive cancer he is fighting. Yet we continue to be even more overwhelmed and uplifted by the outpouring of love, generosity and support from the community. We are so fortunate to live where we live, and to be receiving this ongoing, collective hug from our community. We can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Michael’s road ahead is daunting. The treatment is brutal. He will spend half of the next year of his life in the hospital receiving intense chemotherapy in an attempt to destroy the cancer. The funds that were raised will help so much to keep him going and cover the costs of the care. We are so appreciative of everyone’s help as we continue down this journey together.
As a family and network of friends and loved ones, we are facing this with as much courage and faith as we can; no one has more than our Mikey. As we continue ahead, we’re so very thankful for our community that through God, gives us courage, strength and hope.
THE HARGON FAMILY