Dyer County Community Cancer Fund President Debra Roberson places an order under the tent at the 28th-annual Community Barbecue for Cancer on Friday morning. 'We have been extremely busy,' said Roberson, who said residents turned out earlier than usual for the event on Friday morning. 'It is overwhelming the number of people who came and worked. We've just had people show up who have heard about us and what we are doing. We have local businessmen working our 'business' instead of working their businesses. We've had a great day.'
In addition to providing free air transportation for Dyer County cancer patients traveling to treatment, Pilots for Patients volunteers travel to Dyersburg each year to aid the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund it its annual Barbecue for Cancer. Here, Pilots for Patients volunteer Roy Stone of Princeton, Ky. spends some time behind the scenes chopping barbecue.
Seven-year-old Drake Hamilton joins a team of volunteers manning barbecue grills at the 28th- annual Community Barbecue for Cancer on Friday morning. Hamilton joined his father, Chad Hamilton, pulling all-night duty to prepare enough barbecue for the onslaught of customers on Friday morning. From left, Danny Watson, Scott Foster, Bubba James, Rawlin Fowlkes and the Hamiltons.
Local attorney Mark Johnston and Dyer County Highway Commissioner Jeff Jones hustle to keep up with orders for the Community Barbecue for Cancer's famous fried potatoes.
A number of residents attending the 28th-annual Community Barbecue for Cancer on Friday morning gathered in honor of a loved one facing the disease. Here, a group of lovely ladies sport T-shirts in support of Jeannie Littlejohn. The fundraiser -- the biggest of the year for the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund -- raises money for local residents facing a cancer diagnosis. All funds remain in Dyer County. From left, Ellen Ortiz, Linda Spain, Patty Blomer, Kathy Burse and Suzy Dillahay.
Jo Ellen Mayberry and her grandson, Oscar Gipson, pause for a photo after eating a hearty lunch at the 28th-annual Community Barbecue for Cancer on Friday, Oct. 5. The largest fundraiser of the year for the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund, the barbecue takes place each autumn on the Courthouse Square in Dyersburg. All proceeds go to aid Dyer County residents facing a cancer diagnosis. Many local families, like Mayberry's, have been touched by cancer more than once. The fundraiser provides local residents a chance to come together to help their neighbors at a critical time.