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Hundreds Attend Benefit for Amherst Co. Deputy Battling Cancer


Madison Heights, VA - Hundreds of people came out to the Madison Heights Community Center Saturday for a benefit lunch for an Amherst County Deputy who's battling cancer. 

The Amherst County Sheriff's office hosted the event to help raise money for Deputy James McAllister, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in June.

"I'm just overwhelmed, I never would have imagined," said McAllister after he arrived at the fundraiser.

In the past six months, McAllister lost his dad and his brother. He says dealing with cancer has been tough, but even after a long week of chemotherapy, McAllister had a smile on his face. He says this is just what he needed. 

Friends, family, and co-workers came to support the Amherst County Deputy at the fundraiser. 

The room Saturday was filled with emotions as one by one, people showed their love. One of the most heartfelt moments was when McAllister's cousins surprised the crowd.

Ed McAllister flew from Connecticut and Bob McAllister flew from Florida for the event.

"If love could cure you, he'd be cured already," said Ed McAllister. "He deserves that kind of attention, and we just wanted to be here for him."

"It's amazing the amount of community support that's poured out from here down here in a place where he didn't grow up," said Bob McAllister.

The Amherst County deputies say McAllister has become like a brother, and they want to do anything they can to help him and his wife Linda out. 

"They mow my lawn, take care of my horses, they bring me aide. [It's] amazing," McAllister said. "God is so good, I've been so blessed. So blessed," McAllister said.

E.W. Viar, who organized the event, says the benefit wouldn't have been possible without the community's help. Several businesses like Lowe's, Wal-Mart and some local stores donated items for the raffles. They had bands play for free, and all of the catered food was also donated.

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