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‘Friends of Cheryl’ forms to help stricken friend, classmate

POSTED: September 30, 2013 6:20 p.m.
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Cheryl Exley Tyre

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The “Friends of Cheryl” will hold a fundraiser Oct. 19 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Guyton’s Sale on the Trail for Cheryl Exley Tyre.


“Friends of Cheryl” has organized to raise funds for Tyre, who grew up in the Silver Hill community and graduated from Effingham County High School in 1972. She is employed by Farm Bureau Insurance of Effingham County. Tyre has two sons, Luke Gibbs and Exley Tyre, and a daughter, Gina G. Bridges, four grandchildren and another on the way. Since she is single, she is the sole breadwinner for her household.


A few months ago, doctors determined Tyre had liver cancer, which they later discovered originated from the colon. After undergoing extensive surgery in Atlanta, she soon came back to her job and began treatment in Savannah. She is undergoing chemotherapy every two weeks for six months.


Because of the treatments, she is unable to make all of her hours at work and her leave was quickly exhausted.


The ECHS class of 1972 and others have banded together to help Tyre. If you have items to donate for sale, leave them at the Farm Bureau office, which is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays except for Wednesday. The office is on Zoller Drive in Springfield near the fair grounds. All items including baked goods are due Oct. 18 by 4 p.m.


A raffle is being held for a 32-inch flat screen television, cornhole boards and bags, a Deco Mesh wreath from JoAnn’s and several gift certificates. Tickets are available for sale with individuals, at the Guyton Sale and in some businesses including Farm Bureau. Prizes will be awarded at a drawing on Dec. 2.


For more information, contact  Debbie Y. Trowell, Peggy Z. Smith or Kelli B. Hesling. Susan Exley may be reached at 754-6681.


To make a donation, mail checks made out to Cheryl Tyre in care of Friends of Cheryl, P.O. Box 212, Springfield, GA 31329 to be deposited in a special account for her.

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