Community support appreciated

Dear Editor:

There are times when a person is overcome with emotion by moments of beauty in their life. Some of those moments in my life include my wedding day, the day my two girls were born, and the night of our “A Night Out for the Trouts” benefit.

Since my diagnosis with breast cancer on Oct. 1, 2010, our lives have taken a turn we certainly never expected. In nine months time, we have done several rounds of chemotherapies, multiple surgeries, and visited with many doctors. We have been on an emotional roller coaster as we receive both good and bad news. Fortunately, our most recent news has been good! God has blessed us throughout this time. We pray for His direction as we live each day and continue to be optimistic about the future.
As for our benefit, “A Night Out for the Trouts,” on June 17, words can never truly express how blessed, loved, and supported we felt through this experience. Some people know I made jokes about the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and feeling like George Bailey except the plot to the movie had a cancer adventure twist. But, I really did identify with George as our community rallied around my family to encourage and support us.
The Trout Benefit was phenomenal! Even before the benefit, I was amazed by the love and support people had shown my family. As a person who has always struggled with sending proper thank you notes, I know there is no way to truly thank all those who participated in making our night happen. Unfortunately, we will never know how each person played a part, and there is no way to truly thank for those things. Needless to say, we are humbled and feel so blessed. Thank you!
Special thanks to all who planned, worked, and participated in the publicity T-shirt and hat sales, fish fry, silent auction, fun run/walk, live music by Reverend Willie and Groove Skillet, concessions, the movie on Kitchens Field, and donations of “A Night our for the Trouts” benefit.
It is amazing to live in a community that is so passionate to rally behind a cause and make it such a success. We are honored by our benefit and hope we can find ways to give back and show support to our loving community in the days to come.

Shelly Trout
New Albany