Meridian Star

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January 5, 2013

Concert to help woman suffering from cancer

MERIDIAN —     A concert and worship service to benefit a Meridian native diagnosed with a rare bone cancer will take place today.

    The benefit begins at 5 p.m. At Evangel Temple, located at 3611 Highway 145 in Meridian. Special guests include the Evangel Temple Choir, William Myles & YPOP (Young People of Praise), Fitkins Memorial Church of Nazarene Choir and Pastor Inga Wallace.

    A love offering will be collected at the event, with proceeds going to help defray medical expenses for the treatment of Claudia Dillard, who has been diagnosed with synovial sarcoma cancer.

    Recently tests revealed that the cancer has created a crack in Claudia’s spine causing a risk of paralysis that could strike at any time, church officials have said. Claudia has had to postpone travel to receive treatments out of town for the moment as she receives a total of 10 radiation treatments concentrated on the spinal site. Most recently two tumors on Claudia’s skull have been discovered and she is receiving radiation treatments to the skull as well.

    Dillard, 32, is  young wife and mother of a 6-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. Her husband Justin, age 32, works a night shift job and tends to the needs of the family during the day while Claudia is in the hospital.

     There will be a love offering. It sounds like the family can use the help.

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