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WHAT: Benefit for Regen Hills
WHEN: 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
WHERE: Norwalk VFW, 140 Milan Ave., Norwalk
INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-706-5529 (LaRoche) or 419-681-4216 (Johnson)
Every day when Norwalk resident Regen Hills wakes up, she pulls on her combat boots. Why? Because she has to fight. This past June, at the age of 28, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and doctors gave her a year to live.
With the strength and support she receives every day from her family and friends, Hills is fighting her hardest to beat the cancer. She recently started chemotherapy and is participating in a drug study at University Hospital in Cleveland, but with hospital bills and medications piling up, her friends elected to step in.
On Saturday, October 13, two of Hills’ closest friends will be hosting a benefit in her honor. Erin Johnson and Carissa LaRoche have known Hills for years and want to help ease some of her burdens.
“Regen is my inspiration,” Johnson said. “Since I can’t physically fight this battle for her, I want to do as much as possible to help her in any way I can.”
The event will have a little something for everyone. When it comes to food, expect to see shredded chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes, various side items and dessert from Perkins restaurant in Sandusky. Drinks will consist of soda, water and $2 beer. Food will be served until 7 p.m.
Other activities to look out for include a raffle with items like gift certificates to Chili’s, Marcos Pizza, Pizza Brothers and Macaroni Grill, Cleveland Browns tickets, Indians tickets, tickets to Hilarities Comedy Club, a $500 gift certificate to 546 Tattoo and other raffle items to places like Open Shutter, Sycamore Hills, Pain and Pleasure, Restorative Wellness, Action Auto and more. A 50/50 drawing will take place throughout the day, with the winner being announced at 7 p.m. (you must be present to win).
If you’re worried about keeping the kids occupied, there will also be fun kids activities like face painting, a coloring area and more.
Both Johnson and LaRoche have been thrilled with the amount of outreach and support the community has offered them. The Facebook event they put together titled "Benefit for Regen Hills" has almost 600 people listed as “Going”.
“It’s simply incredible watching everyone come together to help Regen,” Johnson and LaRoche said. “The community has been amazing.”
Since the takeoff of the benefit, Johnson and LaRoche have been selling t-shirts and bracelets specially designed by Hills herself. The bracelets say “Troop Regen”, cost $2 a piece and come in 3 different colors. The t-shirts, a popular item, come in all sizes, cost $12 and sport the slogan “Some girls wear high heels, some wear flip flops or sneakers. Regen chose her combat boots.” To order a bracelet or t-shirt before the event, contact LaRoche or Johnson.
In addition to all that’s already been listed, the event will also have music, dancing and entertainment.
“We’re having a DJ for the event,” Johnson and LaRoche said. “We’ll have music and karaoke with DJ Banche from 8 to 10 p.m. He’ll also be the emcee for our live auction.”
There is no cost to attend the benefit. Johnson and LaRoche just want people to come, have a good time and support Hills in any way they can.
“She’s kept a positive attitude through everything,” Johnson said. “She’s a strong, beautiful person who I know can keep fighting this battle.”
“Her ability to stay strong when most people would give in says so much about her character,” LaRoche added. “She’s a fighter and hasn’t let the cancer define her.”
So, what does Hills think about all of this attention and support from the community?
“She’s so humbled by everyone reaching out to help her, not only with kind words and prayers, but also the donations we’ve received from the community,” LaRoche told us. “She’s my miracle and the list of people that feel the same way is endless.”
To show your support for Regen in her battle with cancer, come out to the Norwalk VFW on Saturday, October 13 anywhere between the hours of 3 & 10 p.m. Bring your family, friends and loved ones to unite for a selfless cause that can change a person’s life.
If you can’t attend the event but would still like to show your support, you can make a monetary donation to Hills’ fund below or any Citizens Bank in the area. The information is:
Fund for Regen Hills
c/o Citizens Bank
100 Water St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Attn: Christina or Stephanie