Date change for fundraiser to help firefighter with cancer

FLINT TWP. — The Firefighter Paul Roop Benefit Spaghetti Benefit Dinner is being planned for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, January 21 at the VFW Hall-, G-4138 Corunna Road. The original date for the event was changed from January 28 due to a scheduling conflict at the VFW hall.

Roop, a 20-year member of the Flint Township Fire Department, was diagnosed with stage 4 Cell B Lymphoma in October 2016. and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, according to a gofundme page at cancer-treatment where donors have raised nearly $600 of a $5000 goal.

The benefit is being planned to support the Roop family “as they go through this challenging time in their lives,” according to organizers. All proceeds will go to help Roop with medical bills.

Admission is $8 at the door for adults and free for children age 5 and under. A raffle, bake sale and door prizes will be part of the event.

A generous amount of contributions from area businesses is helping support the business, said Rob Jarnigin, who is planning the event with his wife Debbie. Their son is married to Roop’s daughter.

Texas Roadhouse is donating a salad bar and White Castle is providing hamburgers and cheeseburgers for those who don’t want spaghetti, Jarnigin said.

About 45 items will be raffled off or handed out as door prizes, he said. Those include a car spa package valued at $250 donated by the Patsy Lou

Williamson dealership, a handcrafted birdhouse and much more. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley described Roop as a “very reliable firefighter for 20 years. He has participated in most Firefighter Association Activities with the most recent being the “Firefighters Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army.”

Roop has always been a person who leads by example in the community, Burkley said. His son Brian, is also a member of the fire department, following in his father’s footsteps, he said.

For more information about the benefit dinner, contact Rob or Debbie Jarnigin at 810-732-5338.

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