PARIS – Peggy Turner, director of the Families in Crisis Task Force, knows she can’t help everyone, but when she heard Lynn Lock’s story she saw an opportunity.

Lock, 30, of Hebron Road in Paris is the mother of 9-year-old Tyler Clough of Bethel, who is undergoing chemotherapy for bone cancer in his leg.

The Crescent Park Elementary School third-grader was diagnosed in December with osteosarcoma, his father, Harold Clough Jr., said by phone Tuesday night. Tyler lives with his father and stepmother, Melissa, and siblings Trivett, 10, and Savannah, 11.

The boy started the 10 to 12 months of treatments at Maine Medical Center in Portland two weeks ago, his father said, and will meet with doctors in Boston this month to discuss the necessary surgery, which could occur in March.

Lock’s mission is to raise money to pay her expenses in Boston to be with her son.

“I’ve got cans in different stores, at Michael’s restaurant in Norway, one at Dad’s Place in Norway, one at Lampon’s gas station in Oxford and at Mallard Mart in Norway, and one at Sideline Variety in Norway,” she said. “I probably made $100 in the last three weeks,” using it to pay her sister to drive her to Portland to see Tyler, she said.

“Lynn was out looking for resources for herself. That’s how I ran into her,” Turner explained.

Turner has organized a Chinese auction to raise money for Lock’s expenses. It will be held Friday, Feb. 13, at the Oxford Advent Christian Church on Route 26. Donations, so far, ranged from tickets to Maineiacs hockey games and Sea Dogs baseball games, to Valentine’s Day baskets, wall hangings and other decorative items.

Tickets will be available for purchase from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by the drawings from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be available at the auction.

Anyone who would like to donate may send contributions to Families in Crisis Task Force, 659 Park St., Paris, ME 04281 or call call Taylor at 357-7072.

“She’s always really thankful,” Turner said of Lock.


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