Crase family benefit

A benefit has been scheduled to help a local family struggling with illness.On Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Panama Elementary School cafeteria, a benefit will be held to help Tim Crase and his family. The event will feature a silent auction and will offer hamburgers and hotdogs and a pie and cake auction. All proceeds will benefit the Crase family.Organizers said that Crase was diagnosed with colon cancer shortly after losing his job at Whirlpool in Fort Smith, Ark. Since becoming unemployed, Crase has had no income with while battling the disease. Crase’s wife, Sandy, has been working, but the mounting costs of Crase’s treatments have put a serious financial burden on the family.According to organizers, Crase recently learned that his colon was clear of cancer, but doctors are still monitoring his thyroid and lung. Doctors also have told Crase that the neuropathy, or nerve damage, brought on from chemotherapy, is permanent and that he likely never will be able to work. Not only is the neuropathy permanent, but the condition will never improve, only worsen.Crase is scheduled to undergo another surgery, but his hospital is requiring fees in advance of the procedure.Silent auction items still are being accepted, as are pies and cakes. For more information or to make a donation, contact Torey Royston at (918) 721-1669.