Amanda and Bobby O’Shields and Brady Bowen
Amanda and Bobby O'Shields and Brady Bowen (Jenny Phillips)
Sunday evening the Veterans of Foreign Wars donated their facilities to host a benefit for Bobby O’Shields, 52 of Jacksboro. In January, Bobby and his wife Amanda were informed Bobby has stage 3 lymphoma cancer.

“I had a lump in my neck for quite some time and we decided to have it tested,” Bobby said. “That is when we discovered it was cancer. This prompted further testing of my entire body and revealed it is spread throughout all of my lymph nodes. The good news is it’s not in my bones.”

The doctors have him on a 6 month regimen. His second chemo treatment was Monday.

If all goes well and his body continues to accept the treatments, Bobby should have a clean bill of health in the next 6 months.

Delilah Williams, Donna Rhoades and Sherry Ashinhurst organized the event on Sunday. According to Delilah, there were about 250 people that came to show their support.

“We put this together so fast and are very pleased and grateful with the outcome,” said Williams. “We appreciate the VFW for allowing us to use the building at no cost. We’d also like to thank Dairyland, Green Frog, Larry Branton and Garlics for providing the food, Larry Brandenburg for being our auctioneer and to Doug Angell, Jordon Teri and many others for their contributions and donations.” It was packed almost shoulder to shoulder as the music played and everyone mingled about.

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Hired Guns and The Brady Bowen Band set a much needed upbeat tone with their country music. People were dancing and having a wonderful time. Tables were adorned with various gift baskets and miscellaneous items that were donated for the auction.

Overall, the event was a great success and brought a lot of friends and family as well as strangers together to share in an old-fashioned good time in honor of a wonderful family who thoroughly appreciated all the support. Another event is planned for May but there are no details as of yet.

With all the donations and support that poured in, there was something much more valuable to the O’Shields.

“The money that people raised for us is awesome but the most important thing to us was seeing how much people cared and love us,” Amanda said. “That to me was the most special thing. I’ve lived here my entire life and this is one reason why. I absolutely adore the people here.”

“The outpouring of love we have been shown has absolutely turned sheer fear and terror into faith and it gave us the much needed wind in our sails,” Bobby said. “I was so afraid. I was so scared of how I was going to do this. How was I going to take care of my family? Then the good people around us gave us HOPE in the darkest time of our lives and we are so grateful for that. We really needed it. Feeling all their love changed everything for us.