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Benefit raises thousands for sick child

July 26, 2004

Valdosta - Thousands of South Georgians turned out to help a sick child over the weekend.

Friday, the Lowndes County Board of Education hosted a barbecue benefit for four-year-old Rett McLeod. He has a type of cancer called neuroblastoma and has to travel to Shands Hospital in Gainesville each week for treatment.

More than 3,000 tickets were sold, raising about $15,000 to help the McLeod family with medical bills. "This community has just been so wonderful to us and to our family and I know that God has sent them to us because if they didn't have love in their hearts, they wouldn't be here today," said McLeod.

Rett was able to make it back from Shands in time to attend the benefit. He and his mother were escorted in by members of the Lowndes County Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team.

posted at 5:35 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com