A benefit event is planned this Saturday, June 10, at Archey Park in Clinton, for a local business woman and mother currently in treatment for cancer. The benefit is an all-day event, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with events and activities for both adults and children.


The benefit is to provide funds to help Alicia Pate-Housley, 38, local businesswoman and mother of four, as she undergoes treatment for her recently diagnosed Stage 2b breast cancer. Treatment is expected to be a one-year process, beginning with chemotherapy.


First Service Bank has a donation account in place for Pate-Housley


Tim Clark, with the City of Clinton, outlined a number of events planned for the day: Included in the event is a motorcycle Poker Run beginning at 9 a.m., registration at the park. After the run is completed participants will return to the park for a motorcycle rodeo, testing skills in a variety of events to demonstrate motorcycle handling skills, including with passenger.


A canoe race from Bluffton to the park is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start, register with Archey Fork Outfitters.


At noon barbeque and refreshments are up. Fifty pork butts have been set aside. During this the silent auction and raffle gets underway. If you want an early start on this, check at First Service Bank for items on display.


Along with the barbeque, live music starts at noon, with area bands and musicians throughout the day, including Lucky Rooster, Sarah Brown and Wesley Potts, School of Rock, and Tom Hargiss and Lacy Creasey.


Lawn chairs are recommended so attendees can make a day of it.


Pate-Housley is known in the community, characterized as someone fun spirited, strong willed and courageous. Pate-Housley is raising her four children, ages 5 through 19, while running a dog breeding business, Kennel Connection. She is a frequent site at community events, especially when her children are participating. Her oldest, Garrett, recently joined the Army and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Donation boxed will be available at the park, or anyone may stop by First Service Bank to contribute to the support fund.


National Institute of Health Data shows that while recovery from breast cancer is far more likely in recent years, due to advances in treatment techniques and knowledge. Expense, however, has gone up with this increase in treatment ability, with a 2016 NIH study showing treatment costs upward of $97,000 for a Stage 2 diagnosis.