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Diamond event, rifle raffle to benefit Gavin Lance

A second benefit for injured former baseball Trojan Gavin Lance is now in the works. The Triple B’s team for the Susan G. Komen Three Day Walk will do a raffle for a $529 30.06 Ruger American rifle with a Busnell XLT 3-9×40 scope with Butler Creek flip-up caps and Leupold lightweight scope rings. The raffle will benefit Gavin Lance, whose mother Jodi Kidd was on the Komen team. Southern Tactical donated the rifle. Tickets will be $5 or six for $20 and are available from Kathy Oxford or Carman Templeton. The winner will be announced during Buggy Days. For information call Oxford at 678-877-9532. A Lamar County alumni baseball/softball game will also benefit Lance, who suffered a brain injury from a car accident. The game will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at Aldora Field. All alumni who have played any sport in Lamar County of any age are welcome to take part. The entry fee is a $25 donation. Concessions will be sold. Spectators will pay no gate fee but monetary donations are appreciated. All proceeds will go toward expenses incurred during Lance’s hospital stay. Donations may also be made to a fund set up in Gavin Lance’s name at any United Bank. He is the son of Jodi and Jason Kidd and Tim Lance. For information call Wayne Thompson at 404-831-7354; Jill Brazier, 770-584-1391; or Pat Burnette, 770-468-9102. The event is being put on by the Baseball Dugout Club and coaches. Lance was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta August 29 from the Macon Medical Center where he had been hospitalized since suffering a traumatic brain injury in a traffic accident here August 6. Upon arrival in Atlanta, he began breathing without his tracheotomy tube. At week’s end he was being assessed. His medications were changed and he was being fitted for a special wheelchair. Family members have noted an improvement in his condition but he still has a long road of rehabilitation ahead of him.

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