Pray ~ Fight ~Trust
Jackson Hall, son of Chuck and Jane Hall, is a graduate of Summit Charter School and a 2016 graduate of Highlands High School and resident of Cashiers, N.C. At present, he is a freshman at Appalachian State University. In 2017, Jackson was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor of retroperitoneum and received treatment and later surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. In February 2018, there was evidence that the cancer had returned. After extensive treatment, cancer is still evident.
The Highlands-Cashiers communities and friends of the Hall family will be organizing a fundraiser to help with the many traveling expenses and other expenses associated with Jackson’s upcoming treatment. From 4:30 -9 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, fundraising efforts will take place at Highlands Recreation Park. Included will be a meal provided by …on the Verandah, raffle, live music by Jay Drummonds, silent and live auctions, and a cake walk. Currently we are asking the communities for donations such as gift cards/certificates, any service through businesses, items of interest, and anything that would be interesting and appropriate for the auctions.
Jackson was a student in Highlands High School math teacher Gina Billingley’s class as a sohphomore and she remembered being both a good student and athlete.
“He was such a good kid, I was lucky to have him as a student,” she said.
Hall also played basketball for The Highlanders under Coach Brett Lamb as a guard in his senior year.
“Jackson’s main attribute to the team was his hard work and his hustle,” said Lamb. “He was like the energizer bunny on the court, he never slowed down. We played a fast paced style of basketball and he fit our system great. Loose balls on the floor were usually his and he loved playing defense. He drew the other teams best offensive player and he loved that challenge.”
Lamb remembered a game during Hall’s senior year that he was on fire from the 3-point line and helped win a game.
“He always did what he could do and did it well,” said Lamb. “I hate he and his family are in the fight against cancer but their attitude and spirit have been unwavering, just like when he wore the blue and gold for us at Highlands High School. I know he will continue to have a smile and an occasional joke as he continues this fight against his worst opponent which is cancer. We love Jackson and will keep praying that the doctors will find a cure. ”
Please contact any of the following people if you are interested in donating or have questions:
Suzanne McDavid 678-276-6133
Julie Potts 828-226-3991
Chris Green 828-508-6936
Jeff Weller 828-421-2047
Melanie Miller 828-371-7096
Cali Smolarsky 678-656-0524
Nikki Smolarsky 828-200-3756
Holly Laughridge 828-301-8961
Monica Vinson 828-371-2688
Andrea Chalker 828-421-7121
Odyssey Wofford 828-226-4342
Susan Renfro 828-200-4809
Marcie Snowden 828-508-6350
Sandy Taylor 828-399-9939
Joni Wavra 828-508-9612
Tanna Drummonds 828-506-7205
Gina Billingsley 828-421-7645
Article by Brian O’Shea
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