Concert to help kick cancer for Kacey

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Photo courtesy of Krista Risher

STALLINGS – Local musicians and community members are rallying around a 5-year-old girl fighting bone cancer this weekend for a 12-hour benefit concert.
The Kicking It For Kacey Benefit will take place Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Moochies Tavern, 15060 Idlewild Road, Suite I. The event will include 12 consecutive hours of music featuring 11 bands, along with a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle and auction baskets. Proceeds will benefit 5-year-old Kacey Risher, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma earlier this year.
The benefit is the brainchild of Jeff Holdenrid and his wife, Daun, who are friends of the Risher family.
“When all this came to be and … (Kacey) finally got diagnosed with cancer and everything, it really hit home with us because we have two little girls,” Holdenrid said. “We wanted to do something to help.”
Daun Holdenrid used to work at Moochies Tavern where she developed connections with area bands, so the couple decided to pursue organizing a benefit concert for Kacey.
“We picked a date and hit up 14 to 15 different bands she knew,” Jeff Holdenrid said. “We were shocked that within 24 hours, 10 of them replied and said, ‘Yeah, we want to do it.’”
The Stallings-area concert also coincides with Kacey’s 6th birthday. Though she won’t physically be able to attend the benefit – her family lives in Orange Park, Florida, and Kacey has spent the past several months receiving chemotherapy treatments and undergoing multiple surgeries – Kacey’s parents, Jeremy and Krista, are grateful for the support people who live hundreds of miles away are showing their daughter.
“We’re completely overwhelmed and amazed by the outpouring of support,” Krista Risher said. “Everybody wants to help. It’s just mindboggling, she is so loved and complete strangers are … just encouraged and inspired daily by (Kacey’s) smiling face throughout this whole thing.”
The family was waiting to receive Kacey’s latest pathology report at the time of Union County Weekly’s press deadline, but Risher said they’re hoping for the best. She said doctors believe a recent surgery involving the removal the lower femur in one of Kacey’s legs will provide a “very good” quality of life, when she eventually receives a prosthetic leg.
“She’s doing really well,” Risher said. “We’re getting our strength from her. She’s been amazing through this whole thing and an inspiration and encouragement to all people.”
People will have the opportunity to give cash donations, as well as donate via credit card at the event. Those who can’t attend, but would still like to contribute can learn more by emailing kickingitforkacey@gmail.com. Find more information at the event’s Facebook page, “Kicking It For Kacey Benefit.”

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Josh Whitener has been with Union County Weekly since he started freelancing for the newspaper in summer 2010. He joined the paper full time in December 2011 as a staff writer and has since been promoted to Features Editor, a position that allows him to focus on Union County school and education news, human interest stories, church and religion news, special events and more. Josh graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009 with a degree in communication studies - mass media and a minor in journalism. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and writing music and spending time with his wife, April, and son, Caleb, and their two beagles, Annie and Dori. Have a story idea or question for Josh? Contact him at josh@unioncountyweekly.com.

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