By Rachel Dove
BELFRY, Ky. - Many Tug Valley residents are paying tribute to a local teen who passed away Saturday from terminal cancer, speaking of the love they felt for her, as well as the admiration and respect they have for the fighting spirit she portrayed throughout her journey.
Casey Maynard, a 15-year-old sophomore at Belfry High School, received a diagnosis of Ewings sarcoma approximately 1 1/2 years ago. Through all the treatments, hospital stays and receiving news that no one wants to hear, Casey smiled.
She smiled through the pain, she smiled through the grief and she smiled through the fear. She was strong for her family, and constantly reassured them that she had accepted her grim prognosis and was going to live the remainder of her life, be it 100 years, 10 years or just a day, to the fullest. She refused to let her cancer take away her spirit or rob her of her happiness.
Casey was always posting comments on Facebook about her condition, sharing it with others while at the same time, receiving posts about all the prayers that were being said for her, words of hope and encouragement, as well as news of fundraisers being held to assist her family with medical bills.
One post from the teen that stood out to all who read it as a testimony to Casey’s strength reads as follows:
“I’ll never question or ask God why he put cancer in my body. I’m just gonna thank him … that may sound crazy but it really makes me a stronger person, it has made me grow up a whole lot and made me realize how fast life can be taken from you, and has also made me a completely better person !!! So remember to thank God no matter what it is ‘cause your life could be so much harder. Never, ever question him and ask why he chose you - just thank him.”
Casey is the daughter of Mike and Angie Maynard of Happy Valley, Ky. She also leaves behind two older siblings, and a host of family and friends.
Plans have been in the making over the past month to hold a fundraiser for Casey that is predicted to be a success, drawing wrestling fans from near and far. Andy Varney and Tim Epling have teamed up to coordinate the event, and say the full proceeds will go to the Maynard family.
The “Tri-State Wrestling Alliance” will hold a fundraiser in memory of Casey on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Williamson Fieldhouse. Those in attendance will get a chance to meet TV star “Cerebus,” and watch matches between professional wrestlers Chase Stevens, Vladimir Koloff, “The Pope” DeAngelo Danero, “Rock and Roller” Tommy Gibson, Lisa Funk, Michelle Myers, The Amish Hustler, Vic the Bruiser, Tomahawk, Bigg Joe and many other crowd favorites.
Tickets may be purchased for $10 by calling 270-312-5232, or they may be purchased at the door the evening of the event. General admission tickets will be $10. Ringside seats will cost $15.
The sponsors want to invite the public to come out and support this worthwhile event to help a family in need who just lost their daughter to cancer.
“Come out and support this great cause,” Varney said. “We none know when we are going to be the one in need. Casey was a wonderful young lady who had a will to fight and strength so strong that it amazed me - and it humbled me.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds, minus the cost of paying the professionals, will be donated to the Maynard family. Organizers are hopeful that area businesses will assist in sponsoring the event to help cut down on costs. If anyone would like more information on becoming a sponsor, they may call Varney or Epling at the numbers listed above.