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Benefit set for Grandview 18-year-old cancer victim

GRANDVIEW - VFW Post 6929 of Grandview is holding a benefit for Matt Honeycutt, a 2005 graduate of Grandview High School, a cancer patient who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant in Seattle.

The benefit will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the post home at 132 Division Street. Admission will be by donation only, with a $5 meal of tacos, rice and beans available. Silent and live auctions will be held.

A Yakima blues band, Main Street Blues, will entertain from 1 p.m. until auction items are depleted. And that may be awhile, according to Jimmie Sternitsky, trustee of the men's auxiliary.

"We've got lots of items-wine, gift certificates for nails and hair, food from restaurants, video rentals, oil changes, pizzas, baked goods and even a hand-made afghan," said Sternitsky.

Honeycutt, 18, was diagnosed with cancer in August 2005, according to his grandmother, Sharleen Honeycutt of Grandview.

"He had the bone marrow transplant Dec. 17 (2005). He received it from a fellow from Europe, the only match found," said Honeycutt. "He has spent 30 days in the hospital and at the very least he will be there another 80 so they can watch to see if the cancer cells come back or if he rejects the transplant."

She said it has been a very tense time for her and Matt's father, Tom Honeycutt, a long-time Grandview resident, as they stood by while Matt underwent radiation and chemotherapy to cleanse his body of all cells in preparation for the transplant of new bone marrow from the donor.

"All proceeds from the benefit will go to help offset the medical and other expenses," said Sternitsky.

In addition to the benefit, a fund has been set up in Matt's name at U.S. Bank.

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