Weekender

Benefit set for bus driver battling cancer

by Bradley Hartsell

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Newnan’s And She Did will perform March 29 to benefit local school bus driver Darlene Comer, who is battling cancer. From left, Garry Pazdzior, Jill Jackson, Jennifer Peters and David Shirley. 


On March 29, Cruisin’ for Chemo at Oasis Bar & Grill in Newnan will provide a fundraising effort for a Coweta school bus drive battling cancer — Darlene Comer.

The benefit concert and car show was spearheaded by friend and colleague Jill Jackson, a fellow driver and close friend of Comer.

Jackson is also battling cancer, often arranging checkups with Comer and even sharing the same cancer doctor.

During Comer’s most recent checkup, tests showed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Jackson, whose tests have come back clear for appendiceal cancer, knew she had to do something for her friend.

“Darlene is going through chemotherapy and our new insurance is not paying for much of it,” Jackson explained. “She’s not able to work, nor can her husband, who underwent a partial foot amputation.”

“We wanted to host a fundraiser as soon as we found out about the cancer. It has taken some time to put this together. Steve Addison, the lead singer in The Highlife Band, has been a big, big help.”

“Darleneis just the most awesome person,” added Jackson. “She’s the kind of gal that never talks bad about anyone, and would do anything for anyone. She’s such a nice person, it’s real easy to rally for her.”

There will be a car show at Oasis from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., which will include awards for the best car, truck and motorcycle. The concert will follow from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. and includes local acts such as And She Did (Jackson’s band), Table 18 and The Highlife Band.

A $15 registration fee is asked to attend the concert, along with a $5 cover charge. Those making donations of $20 or more will be entered in a raffle to win a 2010 Schecter Diamond Series guitar. (Entrants do not have to be present to win.)

For details, call 678-521-2956.



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