The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Retired Lt. Jeff Woody, above with his grandson Kobie, is undergoing treatments for lymphoma. A series of fundraisers have been scheduled to raise money for the $10,000 treatments.
Friday, March 15, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON -
The first in a series of fundraising events for Jeff Woody, a retired lieutenant with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, will be held Sunday, March 17 at the Gogginsville United Methodist Church's Community Building.
A spaghetti dinner and 50-50 drawing will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. with all proceeds going to assist Woody with treatments he is receiving for lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.
In January, Woody underwent tests at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
"I had emergency surgery and a tumor was found," Woody said. "The diagnosis was an aggressive type of lymphoma."
The first injection he received to build his white blood-cell count costs $10,000. Woody spent five days in the hospital in February.
Woody has lived in the Sontag community all his life and graduated from Franklin County High School in 1980. He married the former Susan Johnson in 1981, and the couple has two children, Amanda (Josh) Robertson and Scott Woody. The couple also has two grandsons, Kobie, 9, and Kolbrin, 18 months.
"I have two of most perfect grandsons on earth," Woody said.
He began working for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in 1985 under the former Sheriff W.Q. Overton Sr. and was later promoted to sergeant. He also received the Officer of the Year award in 2001.
Under the direction of the former Sheriff Ewell Hunt, Woody was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and retired January 1, 2012, with 26 and a half years of service.
Since retiring, Woody has busied himself working on the family farm in Sontag.
He is a lifetime member of Beulah Baptist Church, where he has served as deacon.
He has co-promoted the Wild Woody Virginia Championship Hare Scramble Series (VCHSS) cross country dirt bike races, which take place on the Woody Farm in Sontag, for several years.
"I raced dirt bikes until the year 2000," he said. "I also love to hunt."
Brandy Greer said six fundraising events have been scheduled to date with more planned. She said Woody's family and friends are assisting with the events.
"Jeff and Susan are asking people for their prayers to help them get through this time of trouble," Greer said. "Everyone who knows Jeff, knows he is a strong-willed person and has the willpower to overcome this battle."
The next fundraiser is set for Sunday, April 28 with a pumpkin ball tournament set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Franklin County Recreation Department on Sontag Road. The entry fee is $100 per team, with contact information to be announced at a later date.
Another event will be a canoe and kayak float on the Blackwater River on Saturday, May 11 with paddlers starting at 11 a.m. at the bridge near the former Cooper Wood building on Grassy Hill Road. The entry fee is $10 for a solo paddler or $8 per boat.
A hotdog dinner is also scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 in the parking lot of American Computer Systems on North Main Street in Rocky Mount. Big Daddy's Road Show will provide the music.
Anyone who wishes to set up a yard sale stand and donate part of the proceeds to the Woody fund is welcome.
Advance Auto Parts will be the site of a car wash on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with donations being accepted.
Another car wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Auto Zone. Soft drinks and snacks will be sold with donations also being accepted.
Woody has received two five-day chemo treatments in Roanoke Memorial with six more scheduled, three weeks apart.
"My doctors are optimistic about my treatment," Woody said.
"This has been a humbling experience for me, as so many people are praying and sending words of encouragement," he added. "I didn't realize I had that many friends and that they would go so far to help me out."
For more information or to volunteer to assist with the events, contact Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org, Brad Campbell at email@example.com or visit fundsforjeff.webs.com. There is a donation button on the site where donations can be made, according to Greer.