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Benefit to help family fighting cancer

A local family’s matriarch was recently diagnosed with cancer, and the community is coming together to provide financial assistance.

This Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to participate in “Ready, Set, #Skate for Laura,” to be held at the Skate Station, located at 6 Fred Mallet Rd., Carriere.

Jill Pittman said her coworker, Laura Agnelly, was recently diagnosed with cancer a few weeks after giving birth to her most recent child in March.

As a result, her husband, Picayune Police Officer Glen Agnelly, has had to take time off of work to see to her and their five children’s care.

To help the family with their financial needs, Pittman and others in the community organized the skate jam, which will also feature a raffle for a basket full of gift cards, a cookbook and other items. A bake sale will also be held featuring items from Paul’s Pastry and Sugar Mama’s, Pittman said.

Tickets to the event are $8 each, and all proceeds from the tickets, raffle and bake sale will go to the Agnelly family to help them in their time of need.

Pittman said that Agnelly has a good prognosis, but she has several months of chemotherapy ahead to fight an aggressive form of cancer.

“The biggest thing she has asked for… is prayers, cause she is going to beat it,” Pittman said.