There was hardly a dry eye in the back room at Pizza Inn of Tazewell, Tenn. Sunday evening as a surprise guest showed up for a benefit in her honor.
Carley Hall, 7, was introduced to the crowd by Jimmy Rose to loud applause and many tears.
Rose, a Bell County native who gained national recognition for his participation and success in last year’s “America’s Got Talent” reality show competition, was performing a special benefit concert to help raise money for Hall and her family.
Hall, a second-grader at Tazewell-New Tazewell (TNT) School, was diagnosed with cancer on Nov. 25 at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. She started treatments almost immediately, on Thanksgiving Day.
Since then, numerous trips back and forth from the family’s home in Tazewell have taken their toll on the family and the treatments have been rough for Hall. Children’s Hospital has become the family’s second home.
Hall’s mother, Rita McIntosh, is devoted to being with her daughter through every moment of the fight. McIntosh’s husband Bobby and two other daughters, Harley and Abigail, hold down the fort in Tazewell when she isn’t there. Family members and friends are helping as much as possible.
The family is incurring numerous expenses, including gas for all the trips back and forth to Knoxville and food for the family during those trips.
The concert was just one of several fundraisers that family and friends have held for Carley.
According to reports after the concert, over $1,800 was raised for Carley during the benefit, most of which was given to her while she was there.
In addition to performing the concert, Rose announced that he will be auctioning off his guitar to benefit Carley and her family.
“One hundred percent of the sale price will go to Carley, whoever wins the bid will make the check directly to Carley’s family,” he said after the concert. “This is one of my personal guitars. It is an Ibanez acoustic electric, it was also my backup guitar on the AGT live tour.”
Anyone interested in bidding on the guitar are asked to visit Rose’s fan page on Facebook and send a private message.
“The auction runs until Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. and the guitar will go to the highest bidder,” he said. “We will post bidding status twice daily.”
In addition to local fundraisers, there is a page set up on a secure website so anyone can donate to the family: www.gofundme.com/caring-for-carley.
McIntosh has set up a Facebook page so others can watch her daughter’s journey: www.facebook.com/caringforcarley.
“We are so thankful for any help and all the prayers,” said McIntosh during the benefit. “We’ve just been overwhelmed. Carley said she’s going to fight this and she will, hard.”
Marisa Anders may be reached at 423-626-3222 or on Twitter @newsgirl88