Cassville community comes together for one of their own

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Local family struck with tragedy of brain cancer

Jeff Reed is a local man that was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma brain cancer, and his family and friends have been putting together a benefit in hopes of raising funds to help pay for treatment and travel expenses.

Doug “Booger” Reed, Jeff Reed’s brother, said Reed is traveling to Houston every three weeks for three days for treatment.

“We want to help out as much as possible,” he said. “He is my brother, and this is so important to us.”

Doug Reed said there will be a team roping starting at 1 p.m. at the Fields Arena, on Aug. 11.

“Team roping is where one person ropes the head and another person ropes the feet,” he said. “Jeff and I have been doing rodeo stuff our entire lives.”

Reed said there will also be an auction, and they are still looking for donated items for the auction.

“We want everybody to come and enjoy the roping and auction and also help support this benefit for my brother,” he said. “Gary Fields is letting us use his arena and we are very thankful. My brother has worked with him for about 20 years.”

Reed said Jeff is his older brother and they have been a part of this community and lived in this area their whole lives.

“This is a sensitive subject,” he said. “I really just don’t have the words or know how to explain to our community what this means to us.”

Reed said the event will be free to attend and there will be food for sale.

The arena and food have all 100 percent been donated for this event, so all proceeds will go completely to Jeff Reed and his family for expenses.

Elizabeth Reed, partner at Barry County Veterinary Services and Jeff Reed’s wife, said she and her husband appreciate the outpouring of support from their community.

“They have shown us so much love,” she said. “It is humbling for us for the people to reach out and help in the way that they have.”

Jeff Reed started having unusual symptoms and had a MRI on March 6. The MRI showed an aggressive brain tumor that was causing swelling and shifting of his brain. Jeff’s condition quickly deteriorated, and he was transported to Springfield via helicopter where he was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma brain cancer.

On March 7, Jeff had emergency surgery to remove the brain tumor. He has recently completed 42 days of chemotherapy and 30 days of radiation treatments, and he now receives treatment in Houston.

The community is being asked by friends and family to come together and help this local family in their time of need.

The team roping will start at 1 p.m. and will be $70 per team to participate, and the auction will start at 6 p.m.

Family and friends of Jeff Reed are still seeking items for donation to the auction and monetary donations.

For more information about signing up for the team roping, people may contact Doug “Booger” Reed at 417-312-1276, or about donating items for the auction people may contact Nikki Allen at 417-342-3388 or Shayla Stehlik at 417-326-5488.

There is a go fund me link at https://www.gofundme.com/f/jeff-reed039s-battle-with-brain-cancer. People may also follow the Facebook event page Benefit Roping and Auction for Jeff Reed for updates.

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