Four-year-old Brock Cassell has gone from being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in April, 2010 to volunteering at Minden's annual St. Jude Auction this year.
"He is doing really well," Brock's mother Mandy said. "He has been in remission since November."
Mandy said Minden's annual auction benefits many families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"We've been supporters of St. Jude and the auction for years," Mandy said. "Then Brock got sick. Without St. Jude, we – and other families – would not have been able to get treatment for him. That is why it is so important for people to give and support St. Jude."
This year's auction theme is "A Million Reasons to Give a Child Hope," after raising more than one million dollars for the children's hospital in 2012.
The auction, which started Thursday, is one of many ways available to donate to St. Jude.
St. Jude Line-Up
7 a.m – On the air
11 a.m. – Webster Parish DA's Office – brisket plate, slaw, roll and dessert – $10
5 p.m. – Knights of Columbus – Jambalaya – $8
Louisiana State Championship Chili Cook Off Schedule
6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday – Gumbo supper for chili cooks
8-9 a.m. Saturday – Breakfast for chili cooks
9:30 a.m. – Meeting of all chili cooks
(Cooks prepare chili Saturday morning)
11 a.m. – Cooks have tasting cups ready
1 p.m. – Cooks turn in chili samples for judging
Bayou Magic Band: noon – 3 p.m. (Elvis will also make an appearance)
Minden St. Jude 5k & 10k Run/Walk
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Last-minute applications will be available at the Minden Civic Center until 8 a.m.
YWSC Kid's Day
11 a.m. to 2p.m. $3 donation
Blood Drive – by LifeShare Blood Center at the civic center
11 a.m. – FUMC 2x2 Sunday School Class – chili, fixins and dessert $5; Dessert-only $1
5 p.m. – Gary Brown & the Alley Cats – fish plates – $10
1 p.m. – On the Air
11 a.m. – Jimmy Hall – Cajun grilled chicken with sausage, potato salad, beans and roll – $10
4 p.m. – Wayne Avery hamburgers – $6