A St. Jude Buffalo Island barbecue, music night and auction to honor Scout Lyerly will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Buffalo Island Central West Elementary auditorium in Monette.
"Seed companies have donated $30,000 in seed and agricultural chemicals for the auction," Erick Lyerly said, "as well as miniature and toy farm equipment, which is always a crowd pleaser. We will have a regular auction as well as a silent auction going on at the same time. All varieties of items have been donated which include food, cakes and gift certificates from restaurants, beauty shops and massage businesses.
"Music will be provided by the Burning Waco Band," Lyerly said. "We have someone who has volunteered to serve as a disc jockey. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to St. Jude in our daughter Scout's name. They have been so good to us that we wanted to do something to help them. We would have never been able to pay for Scout's cancer treatment or be able to stay near her, if it wasn't for St. Jude's generosity."
"Scout was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was only 20 months old, and they gave her a 20 percent chance of survival," Leslie Lyerly said. "To look at her now you wouldn't know anything at all was wrong with her. She has a head full of beautiful blond hair and bounces and dances around like a typical three year old. She will actually be three on Oct. 27. She laughs and plays all the time. We have all made many new friends at St. Jude, and Scout thinks she is going to St. Jude to have a play day.
"She has been through some tough times during this past year. We all have. But she has become a very tough little girl. We have a big support team from here at home and at St. Jude. Going through this has enriched our faith, and has made us even more dependent on God and thankful for the strength He has given us. When she goes out in public she is treated like a super star. Strangers will come up to her and ask her if she is the Scout Lyerly they have heard about. She loves the attention, and we love it that so many people care about her."
After six rounds of chemo, and two major surgeries, Scout's last Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) test only showed a few very small spots in her skull, that the family has been told may not even be cancer, but rather scar tissue. Only time will tell about the spots, but the Lyerlys are thinking positive, because Scout is feeling so good, her hair is growing back, and she has boundless energy.
Needless to say, the Lyerlys want everyone to attend Scout's first fundraiser for St. Jude on Saturday and make a contribution to help find a cure for childhood cancer.