RUMFORD – A benefit dinner for John B. Flagg of Turner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the American Legion hall.

Flagg was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, according to his niece, Crystal Taylor.

“We just found out about the cancer recently,” Taylor said. “It hasn’t been long at all. Actually, there’s five of us in the family that were recently diagnosed with cancer, including me. John’s sister just found out she had terminal bone cancer.”

Tickets to the benefit will cost $7 for adults and $4 for children. A spaghetti and bean supper, cooked by Flagg’s family, will be offered, along with a 50/50 drawing. Tickets for the 50/50 are listed at $1 each or $5 for six. An additional raffle will be held afterward.

“There’s a whole list of people that have donated items to be raffled off at the benefit,” Taylor said. They include Narrow Gauge Cinemas in Farmington, Aubuchon Hardware in Auburn and the Flower Barn in Jay.

“I visited almost 300 stores to get donations for the raffle,” Taylor said. “Not everyone donated, but a lot of businesses came through.”

Taylor said a complete list of businesses and the items they donated can be found on a Facebook page she created by entering “Benefit for John B. Flagg” into the search bar.

The idea for the benefit was “a group effort” involving the entire family, according to Taylor. 

“The benefit for my aunt with terminal bone cancer is next,” Taylor said, before he jokingly added, “She just wants a cookout, so it’ll be much easier to organize.”

For more information, call Crystal Taylor at 322-0690 or Michelle Corkum at 897-5894.

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