Local businesses and residents have united to hold a silent auction during TexStar Ford's Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder concert Monday, Sept. 5, at City Park
The concert will benefit Bud Jones, a former sports editor of the Empire-Tribune, recently diagnosed with clear cell renal carcinoma.
Jones was diagnosed in late June after falling ill for more than eight months. In July, he underwent surgery to have a "football-sized" tumor removed from his kidney, according to his son, Zane.
During a CT scan, doctors discovered the cancer had spread to his lungs.
"Just when we thought he would be fully recovering from the surgery and getting back to life, we found out he still had cancer and that chemo would be a big part of our family's future," Zane said.
Jones served as the Empire-Tribune's sports editor from 2003 to 2005 and is known today for his work at Jones Family Photography. He has four children - Zane, Kaleigh, Clifford and Matthew - who also live in Stephenville.
Jones will continue traveling to Dallas for chemotherapy, while the family struggles to deal with mounting medical expenses.
"(The bills) are more than we expected when we started dealing with our father's cancer," Zane said.
Texstar has partnered with other businesses to host the silent auction during the scheduled concert in City Park on Labor Day.
"We want to do anything we can to help the Jones family," said Sam Byrd, TexStar service manager.
TexStar is accepting monetary donations and additional auction items at the dealership. Auction items include a massage, Rangers tickets, jewelry, guided fishing and hunting trips and guitar signed by Ricky Skaggs.
The support of the community has not gone unnoticed by the Jones family.
"The biggest impact has been the community outreach to our family," Zane said. "I can't say enough good things about Stephenville and the businesses that are making commitments to help my father."
Donation List Silent Auction for Bud Jones:
Lewis Trailer Ranch feed bucket with bandana, western teddy bear, baby cowboy quilt, bib & burp pad, Tumbleweed 4- 25.00 gift cards Bull Nettle Mi Familia 2: $30.00 gift cards Shrieber 4 cheese gift baskets Cooper Feed Jewelry, Purse Lori Legan 1 hour massage Scotts Floral HEB 50.00 gift card Pigeon Road Redfield Renegade Binoculars Brad Boyd Carquest Auto Parts Creeper Circle T Ranch Management buck hunt Kevin Kolb 4 signed Cardinal NFL Caps Carpenter Milk Services Ranger Tickets Butlers Smokehouse 25.00 gift card Linda Jones Jelly Belly gift basket South Loop Pawn & Hobby Shop Champ Rtf Electronic Remote Control Airplane The Ranch House Jewelry and purse Sam McElroy Texas Tech Item? Skeeter Fowler Lake Fork Fishing Trip Ennis Brooks Albany Guided Bow Hog Hunt (Jan-Feb) Bow only TSU Athletics 2 season basketball tickets Carpenter Dirt Work Load of Top Soil Ace Home Place Lone Star Lanes 10 passes KSTV Radio 2- Gift Certificates for 2 adults, 2 children to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park Texstar Ford - Lincoln Guitar signed by Ricky Skaggs Texstar Ford - Lincoln Set of tires Landon Northcutt 2 person hog hunt (horseback with dogs) Jones Hearing Center custom set of ear defenders Bruner Carwash Discount Wheel & Tire 2 alignments and 1 rotate & balance Gorman Milling Stephenville Trailers Paddie - stalls and trailer protection pad St Gobain 2 stadium seats, igloo water can, 12 can expandable tote, 2 hooded Stephenville Yellow Jacket Hoodies, Astros Fold out chair w/bag Tanglewood Pharmacy & Medical Supply 1st aide kit Greenmaker Nursery 75.00 gift card Tractor Supply Metal Monsta-P deer feeder