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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Lin Flowers, a local musician, is battling kidney disease and bone cancer. A barbecue and bluegrass fundraiser is set for Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Shively Community Center in Rocky Mount.
Friday, November 15, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
A fundraiser will be held Saturday night for local musician Lin Flowers, who is battling kidney disease and cancer.
The barbecue dinner and bluegrass event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Shively Community Center in Rocky Mount.
Flowers, 65, a member of Living Waters Assembly of God in Rocky Mount, was diagnosed with kidney disease three years ago.
"My kidneys just shut down on me," said Flowers.
He is currently on dialysis three times a week.
More recently, he was also diagnosed with bone cancer.
"I started feeling real sick and weak," Flowers said. "I let it go for a while because the flu was going around, and I thought I was coming down with that. I finally went to Roanoke Memorial for testing and was given the bad news."
Besides dialysis, Flowers gets a special shot every three months and takes medications to treat the cancer.
"It (bone cancer) is affecting my walking a little bit," said Flowers. "I have it in my hips the most."
Flowers became a member of Living Waters in 2006 after he said "God started working strongly" in his life.
He has released two inspirational albums with country and gospel songs he wrote himself.
"Most of my songs are about the end of time and getting right with God," he said. "I am lucky to still be able to sing and play my guitar."
Flowers said the cost of electricity, medicine and food is now overwhelming him.
"We've banded together as local musicians and church members to try to help," said Roger Jones, pastor of Living Waters. "The benefit is for Lin, but proceeds will also help another church member who just underwent a major surgery and has no insurance."
Flowers was a chef for 20 years and is also a U.S. Navy veteran. He has two daughters, Diana Flowers and Jessie Ibriham, both of Rocky Mount.
Saturday's benefit will include barbecue dinners and entertainment by bluegrass bands Gone Fishin' and Crossroads.
Dinners are $7 a plate and include dessert and a drink. Children can eat for $3. The meal will be eat in or take out. To order plates in advance, call (276) 734-1780.