SIDNEY — Family and friends are rallying around a 2015 Fairlawn High School graduate who was diagnosed with cancer in June.
Seth Bishop, 19, the son of Brad and Susan Bishop, was diagnosed with testicular cancer on June 16. The cancer is also in his lymph nodes and has spread to his lungs.
“Seth was having some pain in his groin area after playing in an church softball tournament and when his testicle swelled up on him he came to us about it and from there we took him to our family doctor,” said his dad, Brad. “Dr. Justice immediately sent Seth to the hospital for an ultrasound which in turn lead to him seeing a specialist the following day (Dr. Ogbolu) who confirmed that Seth had mixed germ cell cancer, this was made up of three different types of cancer which one of them was an very aggressive type (embroydal) that has since spread into other parts of his body and if he hadn’t told us that he had a problem when he did it would have spread even farther than it already has.”
Seth is currently in his second cycle of heavy chemo that consists of cisplatin, etoposide and bleomycin.
Brad said Seth’s diagnosis has brought the family, which also includes daughter, Autumn, 12, closer together.
“It has made us a more tight knit family, just not in our own household but with every family member, it isn’t just Seth going through this it is all of us!” said Brad. “Our belief in God has been strengthened with this happening, Seth was given three different prayer cloths to hang onto while he goes through his treatments and it has had a calming effect on him and our family.”
A benefit will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Sidney Boat Club to help the family with expenses. Those going to the benefit must use the entrance to part at Hair Expressions, 909 Riverside Drive, Sidney.
A dinner will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. and will include a hog roast, hot dogs, sides and drinks. From 5 to 8 p.m., a live auction with more than 50 items is planned.
There will be live music until 10 p.m., a bake sale and a 50/50 drawing.
“We have been so amazed with how this community has come together to help support us, with all of the positive words of encouragement and prayers it seems that everyone we have talked to has either had something positive to say or has done something for our family and we are forever grateful!” said Brad.
“Seth and I were talking on one of our trips home from Cleveland about all of the awesome people in our lives and he just cannot believe the generosity, and once he has beat this nasty disease he would like to speak to others suffering from this and let them know that it will be OK and for them to stay positive because they are not alone! He would also like to tell them to put their faith in God and everything will be OK.”
While in high school, Seth was a member of the baseball and basketball teams.
Items to be auctioned off include Dayton Dragons tickets, blankets, Sidney Sports family pass and a single pass, Cincinnati Reds tickets, items for an Ohio State man cave, a resort stay at Deer Creek Lodge, wine baskets, Cedar Point tickets and Columbus Crew tickets.
Benefit auction items and monetary donations can be sent to Tabitha Hughes, 2433 N. Main st. Sidney, OH 54365. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation directly to the family can make the check out to Brad Bishop and send it to Hughes, who is Seth’s aunt.
For additional information about the benefit, call 937-492-6806.
A second fundraiser is being planned for Sept. 21.
“Seth was working at Buffalo Wild Wings when he got sick,” said Brad. “They are going to have a benefit for him on Sept. 21.”
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