Auction to benefit 2007 MCHS grad with Burkitt's lymphoma

If you go

What: Auction to benefit Cory Pike

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: The OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way

Why: Help Cory Pike kick the "l" out of lymphoma.

Becky Otis was moved when she heard the good news.

Cory Pike's mother and Otis' close friend, J.J. Pike, called her Wednesday to tell her a recent bone marrow test showed no cancer in Cory's tissue.

Cory received a stem cell transplant Sept. 12 and has undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy to treat his Burkitt's lymphoma.

While it's nowhere near the end of the road for the 2007 Moffat County High School graduate - the cancer could return at any time - the test results were encouraging news to the family after Cory quickly fell ill and was diagnosed in June.

"I was so excited I cried," Otis said. "Yesterday was glorious. (The Pikes) are just so happy."

Otis organized an auction that will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way, to benefit the Pike family during their time of need.

Local businesses helped by donating everything from a flat screen TV to a live pig to be auctioned off.

"We have everything," Otis said. "There is a gold necklace, a rifle and even some loads of gravel. One guy donated two antique watches because it was all he had, but he wanted to help."

There will be a raffle during the event as well as free chili and corn dogs.

Otis said the proceeds will help Cory and his family pay for the unexpected expenses that appeared when Cory was diagnosed.

"They have a lot of financial needs that aren't covered by insurance," she said. "This is for Cory and his parents - to help them."

She said Cory's father, Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director, drives to Denver weekly, switching places with his wife to be with Cory during his treatments.

Aside from the gas expenses, the family has to rent an apartment in Denver so they can be close to the hospital at all times.

But, Otis hopes some of the funds can be used to get Cory back on his feet once he fights off the cancer.

"Cory was going into his junior year of college," Otis said. "When he gets better - because I know he'll get better - I want him to have the money to continue on with school."

But, she said, he still has a long way to go despite the recent test results.

"He's still very sick," she said. "But he's fighting. Even though the tests came back clean, that's not to say in 30 days the cancer won't come back."

Still, she and the rest of the Pike's friends remain optimistic, and they hope the auction on Saturday will help the Pikes financially and emotionally.

"I think that it's a small town, and everyone cares about each other," she said. 'The Pike boys went to school here their whole lives and everybody knows them. Everyone just wants to help."

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