If you have ever known anyone battling cancer, you will know there is nothing fun about it.
But at the 5th annual benefit fair for Hines and Friends, organizers hope people will have some fun as they raise money and awareness about the disease.
Hines Rotriga is only six, but has already battled cancer. This annual benefit all started because of him.
“I started tearing up just seeing everything. It just means the world to us. We can’t thank everybody enough, especially our family,” said Hines’ mother Debbie.
This year’s fair will benefit Hines and Keandre Benjamin.
Dre is from the Wheeling area, but he and his family recently moved to North Carolina for his treatment.
“It’s nice that everybody in the valley still thinks of us and cares about what’s going on. We still have a long way to go,” said Dre’s mother Melanie.
All of this entertainment, the bounce houses, and the live music is a good time.
But the Rotriga and Benjamin families and their friends hope this also serves as a reminder that cancer is affecting people, even young people, and that those battling the disease need the support of their community to fight on.
“It’s hard. It’s a struggle for everyone. There needs to be awareness and everyone needs to support people who have to go through this battle,” said Amy Coen-Mercer.
On top of the money raised at the benefit fair, Quaker Steak and Lube will also donate a portion of their sales to Hines and Friends.