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Riders to raise money for Conway man battling stage four cancer

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A charity ride Saturday evening will raise donations to help a Conway man battling stage four cancer.
 
Jeff Edgerton posted on Facebook that riders can meet at the Refuge Church in Conway at 5:00 p.m. The $10 donation to ride will go to help cover Harry’s medical costs. The group will ride through Murrells Inlet, to Pawleys Island for supper at the Pawleys Island Tavern, then through Georgetown, and back to Conway along Highway 701. Everyone is welcome to join.
 
Edgerton planned the ride after seeing a post on Facebook by Julie Daft, the owner of The Grand Salon in Conway. Daft started an effort on Tuesday to raise money to send Harry on a vacation to the mountains.
 
“I believe it starts at home,” says Daft. “You know, you have to help your community.”
 
According to the Facebook post, Harry Bessant, 42, is from Conway and has beaten cancer several times in the past. Unfortunately, the cancer is now in his throat and spine and is beyond treatment. The post states Bessant has never been to the mountains, and his last wish was to spend a week there with his family.
 
Daft was aiming to raise $3,000 to get a cabin and cover all travel expenses. Since Tuesday, Julie raised nearly $1,000 and the Christian Prayer Riders donated a cabin.
 
Julie says that since donations started to roll in, she’s been told that Harry is no longer strong enough to make the trip. His father is his only provider and is self-employed. They are worried to travel out of state to see the mountains. So the donations are now going to help cover medical bills and any other needs the family might have.
 
“If you can’t help your own brothers and sisters in your community, who can you help?” questioned Daft. “And you don’t have to know him. The donations can be $10. You know, we’ve gotten them up to $150. Giving has no price.”
 
WMBF News reached out to Thomas Bessant, Harry’s father. Thomas says he did not know of all the efforts to help support his son, but he is very thankful. He hopes that God blesses each person who has blessed his family.
 
If you would like to help, you can drop off or mail donations to:
The Grand Salon
1903 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
 
Make checks out to the “Harry Bessant Fund”.


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