Melanoma Awareness Ride Saturday

Heather Phillips — wife and mother of four
Apr. 10, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Last fall Heather Phillips began feeling bad, had bouts of dizziness and everything she ate made her sick.

Heather, 31, the wife of Dusty Phillips, 34, of Ellenboro and the mother of their four children, Shane, 7, Erika, 5, Cheyenne, 3, and Johnathon, 1, and stepson, Avery,16, was working at Food Lion in Forest City when she started feeling sick.

After a series of doctors' appointments, blood tests and other scans, Heather learned she was anemic. She was given two pints of blood, but did not feel any better the next day.

Her doctors thought she was having an internal bleed and did an ultrasound.

A mass was discovered on her ovary and after further tests and scans, Heather underwent a radical hysterectomy on Dec. 20 in Asheville.

Heather returned to her home on Dec. 26 for the family Christmas. After the surgery, Heather's pain was still bad and she returned to the hospital in January where her doctor gave her the bad news.

"My doctor told me she had dreaded telling me the news," Heather said.

Heather metastasized internal melanoma, for which she was told there is no cure. Her doctors told her, however, the cancer was treatable and the task at hand was surgery and subsequent treatments.

Heather's school age children are at Forrest Hunt Elementary School and the two younger children stay at the home of Greg and Rita Shehan Wall, because Heather doesn't feel well enough to look after the children all day.

Today Heather is receiving an injection once every three weeks to treat the cancer.

She missed the third treatment because her liver enzymes were too high. She is scheduled for another treatment next Monday.

Some days, Heather feels like eating and when she does, the family has Mexican food. Other days Heather can't eat at all. "I sleep a lot," she said.

"But I've done pretty well," Heather said. "It's not curable, but I have given all my worries, ever since I heard, to the Lord. I don't cry anymore. It is in the Lord's hands."

She will travel to Duke Medical Center on May 12 for a full scan. She is praying for the best.

Heather has a village of supporters as she battles the cancer. She can no longer work. Dusty works at Horsehead Corp. and has to take off work when Heather needs to go for doctors' appointments.

To help defray some of the expenses, Anita Martin and her husband, Robert, Heather's brothers and their families and her parents, have organized a motorcycle benefit ride this Saturday to be held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

"This is not just for bikers," she said. "Any one who wants to come out and show their support of Heather is invited."

"It has taken a village to get this benefit together," Anita said.

Call Anita Martin at 245-0513 for details on Saturday's bike ride.

Trinity School celebrating 40 years

RUTHERFORDTON — Trinity Christian School has been “shining” for 40 years and plans to celebrate on April 12 with an all-day event including the school’s first ever “Pet Parade”. Participants will register to walk pets on a 1-mile parade route that will conclude back at the school’s campus. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rutherford County animal shelters.


10:00 Check-In and Registration

10:45 Pet Parade (Approximately 1 mile)

11 a.m. Vendors Open

11:30 a.m. Pet Contest

Best trick, best voice, best smooch and more.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. BBQ Lunch

Tickets must be pre-purchased.

12 p.m. 40th Anniversary Celebration

A special dedication ceremony, live entertainment will begin at 1 p.m.

The silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Auction items include:

° basketball signed by UNC coach, Roy Williams,

° A weekend at The Cove with Christian author and speaker, Chip Ingram

 ° Masters signed piece- signed by Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player

 ° Toro 42" zero-turn mower

° Forest City Owls Basket

° Doncaster purse and necklace

-Autographed, authenticated Lebron James photo

The community is invited to attend.

Trinity Christian School is located at 299 Deter Street, Rutherfordton.


Bostic Lincoln Spring Festival scheduled Saturday

BOSTIC —The second annual Lincoln Spring Festival will be held Saturday, April 12, hosted by the Town of Bostic at the Bostic Lincoln Center, Bostic Park and on the Village Green.

Last year the festival was held to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Bostic Lincoln Center Museum.

Special events Chairman Sherrie Suttle is organizing the event. Over 30 food and craft vendors, heritage exhibits, classic cars, student art show and much more will be featured.

The Bostic Lincoln Center will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with tours to Lincoln Hill.

In addition to a line up of music beginning at 10 a.m. with Bert Sigmon as emcee, there will also be an Easter egg hunt and an egg race for children.

Edith Edwards will also make dream catchers out of vines.

Scheduled are the following:

10 to 10:30 a.m. Sunshine School Patriotic Musical;

10:45-11:15 a.m.,Debra Wray, pianist;

11:30-12 p.m. Mountain Camp Band;

12:15-1 p.m. Four Wheel Cab Co and Medicine Show;

1:15-2 p.m. Billy Hodges, from Sevierville, Tn;


2:15-3 3 p.m. Rutherford Community Theatre Production of “Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman” under the direction of Les Beale;


11:30-1:30 p.m. Edith Edwards will do demonstration on making Dream Catchers Out of vines.


12:15-1:15 p.m.There will be an Easter egg hunt for children 6 years and under and an egg race for children 7-12.


Platinum sponsor of the event is the The Ohmstead Family, the gold sponsor of the event is Smith’s Drugs of Forest City, Inc., and the Silver Sponsors include Carolina Chiropractic Plus, Ann Calton/ Victorian Lace, Lydia Clontz, Dagmara and Gaylord Cowan, Amy and Jason Drum, Dr. Robert Failing, Ellyn and Jimmy Tanner, Robert B. Thornton.

For more information, call 828-245-9800 or email