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Lodge rallies to help family with expenses

In February Kathy Munn, working mother of two, had a stroke. Still feeling sick after her release from the hospital, she returned to the doctor in March. To the shock of friends and family, Munn was diagnosed with terminal cancer involving her brain and lungs.

“It’s unreal. One day you’re fine; one day you’re sick,” said Timmy Munn, a cousin of the family, who are longtime residents of the Brookhaven/Wesson area. “It could happen to anyone.”

Kathy and Jimmy Lee Munn

With no medical insurance, hospital bills are skyrocketing and everyday expenses are becoming more of a burden. Kathy is no longer able to work, and Jimmy Lee Munn, Kathy’s husband, has been struggling to balance his truck driving with hospital visits. According to the National Cancer Institute, the price tag of having cancer can range from $90,000 to $150,000.

“It’s going be outrageous,” said Timmy Munn. “It’s going to eat them up.”

To help with some of the expenses, the Brookhaven Loyal Order of Moose Lodge is hosting a benefit. On June 7, at 11 a.m. there will be a pulled pork dinner, auction and drawing at the lodge, located at 1229 Calcote Loop NE. The event will go throughout the day with live entertainment, karaoke and children’s activities.

“We try to pay it foreword and just hope that if you were in need, somebody would help you,” said Stephanie Allen, member of the LOM. “I know they are taking it very hard. It’s life changing.”

The LOM is a national service organization that focuses on hosting and supporting community charity events. Last November the LOM help a benefit for another man who was also dealing with cancer. The group raised $18,000, and Allen expects to raise that amount for the Munns.

“We probably won’t even touch the bills but we’re going to try,” said Timmy Munn. “But, it’s not just about the money, it will help her spirits knowing someone cares about her and that the community loves her.”

Pulled pork plates will be $8. All of the food and auction items are donations, and volunteers will staff the event.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Allen at 601-672-3874.