Wayne Ward

To the Editor:
Do you remember Wayne Ward? He was a beloved custodian at the Fisher Elementary School for many years. He also worked at Arlington High School and MEMS for a time.

Mr. Ward was a "giver" in life. He helped anyone who needed it, often surprising someone with his gifts. Unfortunately, he developed brain cancer and passed away in 1992, leaving behind a wife and eight young children.

His son, Wayne, only in his teens at that time, took over the father-role for two of his siblings, working hard, and trying to build a life for himself while helping his sisters.

He too is a giver. If you need a hand, you can count on Wayne. He's a strong, able-bodied man who is no stranger to physical labor.

Now in North Carolina, a 36 year-old single father of two wonderful kids, Wayne became ill this fall and after a few trips to the hospital found out that he has stomach cancer. He'll be starting chemo shortly, followed by an operation. Wayne's ability to work has been limited during his illness and will be severely curtailed for some time to come. Finances are tight, and he could really use some help.

Being a giver, Wayne never asks for anything for himself, but he is concerned about his kids. If you are able to help in any way, please send a check to Wayne in care of his sister: Sonya Ward Tobin, 904 Lake Road, Havelock, NC 28532. If I may answer any questions, please feel free to call me at 802-362-3572.

Astri Kilburn


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