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Members of the Vern Worley Helping Hands Foundation present a check Sunday to Nick and Becky Smith. Becky requires cancer treatments in Iowa City, and said the money will help offset travel costs.

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Legends Sports Bar played host to the Vern Worley Helping Hand Foundation’s Kid’s Fun Day on Sunday afternoon, a chance to celebrate the life of the late Worley, as well as expand his legacy by helping others. Proceeds from the afternoon of fun and games for area children will go to help local families affected by cancer.

The members of the Vern Worley Helping Hand Foundation presented Nick and Becky Smith with a check for $300 at the event. Becky has battled numerous forms of cancer, and Nick’s injury keeps him from working. Though event organizers realize that $300 is just a drop in the bucket, they say every little bit helps when fighting cancer.

“Anything we can do to help people out,” said Michael Cripps, a board member for the foundation.

Cripps said the foundation has helped numerous families in the area help overcome some of the financial hardships suffered by those fighting the disease. The group has helped raise money for a small vacation, raised gas money for out-of-town doctor visits, and even helped purchase a tombstone.

Events like the Kid’s Fun Day help raise funds for these projects. Since all proceeds go directly back into the community, Cripps said that the bigger the turnout, the more the foundation can help.

“Hopefully (the foundation) gets bigger and bigger and more and more families can get help,” Cripps said.

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