Jackson Hall Fundraiser

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.


Family and friends are holding a fundraiser for Jackson Hall’s cancer treatment at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Highlands Rec Park.

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 and photos by Brian O’Shea
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