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Cooks for Christ to hold benefit on May 23

May 16, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Cooks for Christ will sponsor a chicken bog benefit for Shannon Bennett of Bishopville on May 23 at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road in Florence.

Bennett, 46, is a single mother of two children who was born with a heart defect known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

This condition causes her heart muscle to become abnormally thick, blocking blood flow from leaving the aorta and greatly decreasing her cardiac output. Because of episodes of fainting and other problems, it was determined that she could no longer work, and she was forced to go on long-term disability. This caused a drastic reduction in income and eventually the loss of her job and benefits.

Bennett had surgery in September at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The surgery was somewhat successful, even though she will never be cured. Since the surgery, however, she has had several complications, requiring travel back to Ohio.

She is facing another open-heart surgery to correct some problems she is still experiencing. She is still not able to work and does not receive any assistance financially.

Cooks for Christ is raising money to help with medical bills, medications and travel expenses.

For Bennett’s benefit, lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Drive-through lanes will be open for convenience, and a bake sale will be held all day. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread.

Plates are $8 each. Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven or more plates. To schedule a delivery, complete a delivery form and fax or email according to instructions on the form.

To donate, make checks payable to “Shannon Bennett Medical Fund.”

For additional information, contact Tonya Bennett at 843-250-8331, Rhonda Watts at 843-253-1859 or Beverly McKee at 843-229-0348.