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Will Bethel Fundraiser

Ted Pierce, an organizer of the Will Bethel Medical Expenses fundraiser event, is seen grilling to feed the droves of supporters who came by to help raise money for Mr. Bethel’s widow and family.

Many persons came out in support of a variety of events, which included a fun run/walk, a softball game, a cook out and an auction, held to assist with the ongoing medical expenses of the late Will Bethel.

The day’s events began with a walk/run at 7am and featured prizes for several categories. Adrian Whylly was first to finish followed by Brent Cartwright for the men. Linda Leffler finished first for the women and young Tanner Cartwright placed first in the Junior category.

Ted Pearce, one of the organizers, said they had a good response to the run with some running and quite a few walking. He is hopeful that this can become an annual event in memory of Will Bethell.

In the afternoon a cook-out was held at New Vision Ministries, the church Will attended, serving up hamburgers and hotdogs from the grill. They also had a variety of snacks and treats along with conch salad and fritters.

During the afternoon persons were able to bid on a number of silent auction items and later that evening they held a live auction which included weekend stays at local resorts and inns, art and jewelry, and even baby sitting and carpentry services among a variety of items.

Young and old braved the heat of the afternoon and started up a fun softball game.

Mr. Pearce said they wanted to help Kim Bethel (Will’s wife) as the medical bills start and continue rolling in. “Even though he had medical insurance the insurance only pays so much and after that the bills just start coming in,” he said.

Will’s illness began late January and the doctors in Nassau weren’t able to figure out what was wrong. He went through a series of tests and he would do better from time to time. He was in the hospital in Nassau for three months and underwent a number of procedures including having his spleen removed.

In April they airlifted him to Boston where his daughter lives. He was there for eight days before he passed away. The doctors there did finally find what was wrong – a rare disease of the blood.

Mr. Pearce said they were grateful to all the support that they received with the donation of food items as well as auction items. He wanted to thank all those involved and those who came out to run and walk as well as to purchase food and support the auction.

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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