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Benefit honors cancer survivor

Chasty Baylis’ family considers her a warrior in pink.

Since her life-changing diagnosis of breast cancer in 2017, the single mother in Monticello has faced her disease head on with an unwavering w.

“We just saw and heard her praising God in her storm and pressing on,” said her second cousin Allean Dillon.

Dillon and others in Baylis’ extended family are hosting “Blessings in Pink” Saturday night at Pearl River Baptist Church in Monticello. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., it will be an evening of praise and music, lasting for about five hours. The event is free, but organizers hope to raise money for Baylis’ medical bills through donations.

Baylis, 43, has had complications from the aggressive treatment for breast cancer.

“She recently had another scare. It added to her load and still she didn’t complain, just kept praising God,” Dillon said.

They put together the benefit to show Baylis she is loved.

“We want to bless her and help lighten some of her load and encourage her to keep trusting and pressing on,” she said. “She is a survivor, a fighter and a believer in Christ Jesus’ healing power.”

Dillon said they chose to host a gospel singing because of the power music holds.

“Music is what touches the souls and speaks to the heart and touches the mind. Music gives encouragement,” she said. “We feel like she can get a blessing.”

Mistress of Ceremony for the night is Samantha Pittman, who will be joined by Rev. Michael Graves of Pearl River Baptist Church.

Entertainment will come from Revelation, The Christian Travelers, The Brothers, The Tillman Family, The Pittman Sisters, Lady Louise Madison, The Showers Sisters, Pastor George Varnado and the Gospel Tribe, St. Paul MB Church Choir, Galilee Choir, Simpson County Mass, Ontario Showers & Delivered, The B+H Gospel Singers and the Mount Olive Male Choir.

Donations can be given at the event or mailed to Bonnie Nunnery at 83 Arm Road, Silver Creek, MS 39663. Checks and money orders should be made out to Chasty Baylis.