Friends and family gathered Sunday for a benefit spaghetti dinner for the Pierce family. Jeff Pierce has stage four colon cancer and friends are doing whatever they can to help him pay his medical bills.
"He's a veteran and not a lot of insurance and very limited income. Has two children that are 15 and seven years old. Medical bills have mounted up quite substantially as well as costs with travel expenses because he has to go to Pittsburgh for a lot of his treatments," said Janet Carr, a family friend.
"For some reason when you get cancer there's not the assistance out there that you think there should be," Marsha Schafer said. "I was pretty surprised that you can't qualify even though you have no money coming in pretty much."
Marsha Schafer is a friend and goes to church with the family.
Community members joined family and friends for a spaghetti dinner, a bake sale and a raffle at the families church.
"I mean we always want to be welcoming and friendly to the community and try to help out people when we can. And hopefully this will help out a little bit, I know this is just a drop in the bucket for what they're going through right now," Schafer said.
Jeff Pierce was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago, when he was 44. He was recently taken off Chemotherapy and his wife and himself could not attend the dinner because of his health condition.
"At this point with hospice coming in it's probably going to cover more treatments that they've already accrued bills for," said Carr.
If you want to donate to the family you can get in touch with Janet Carr through her Facebook Page.