Regular readers know that my sister Ruthie Leming is battling stage four lung cancer, and that St. Francisville, our Louisiana hometown, has been rallying strongly to her side, and to the side of her family. Well, on Saturday April 10, there will be a Ruthie Leming Day fundraising concert there. It will be held at the new 4-H barn at the West Felicians Sports Park, just north of town. (Directions to the park here). Our friend and lifelong neighbor David Morgan, a country singer, will be playing with his band. Tickets are $15 for adults, with kids aged 12 and under free. The time is from 6pm till 11pm. I’m told that concertgoers are asked to bring folding chairs if they like, but to leave ice chests and food at home. Refreshments will be sold inside the venue, with all proceeds from concessions and ticket sales going to help Ruthie pay her medical bills. Mark your calendars!
So many of you tell me, via e-mail and in person, how moved you have been by Ruthie’s amazing grace through this trial. If you live in the Baton Rouge area, please think about coming out that evening to meet Ruthie and her family, and to share in this spectacular outpouring of compassion from the community.
Below is a photo I took of Ruthie and her daughter Claire, visiting her mother in the hospital the day after the cancer diagnosis. Claire turned 11 on Thursday. It was a good day.
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Rod Dreher is director of publications at the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropy that focuses on science, religion, economics and morality. A journalist with over 20 years of experience, Dreher has written for The Dallas Morning News, the New York Post, and other newspapers and journals. He is author of the book "Crunchy Cons." Archives of his previous Beliefnet blog, "Crunchy Con," can be found here. He and his family live in Philadelphia.