Home-schoolers come together for cancer patient

Joel Womack fundraiser planned Saturday at historic homestead

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A fundraiser to benefit a cancer patient will be held at the historic Maj. James Scarborough House near Stantonsburg Saturday.

Megin Duff, resident of the home, has organized the event to benefit Joel Womack, of Scotland Neck, who has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver.

The Duff family and the Womack family are connected because they both home-school their children.

Joel Womack was employed in logistics for a trucking company until he was diagnosed in October.

The Womacks have seven children ranging in age from 8 months to 22 years.

Other Wilson County home-school families have stepped forward to help the family by filling the family’s car with presents this past Christmas.

“They put together the most beautiful Christmas for these kids,” said Duff. “It was this Wilson County Classical Conversations community that did this, that was generous enough to really make Christmas for them.”

“Right after he was diagnosed, they helped us out with freezer meals and at Christmastime they helped out with Christmas presents for the kids,” said Denise Womack, the cancer patient’s wife. “We didn’t have any income and we had just had babies and they helped us out a lot. That was a huge help, because we had absolutely nothing.”

When Womack lost his job after the diagnosis, the family also lost their health insurance.

“We were actually paid up through the end of the year, so we had insurance through the end of the year. Then in January he transitioned over to Medicaid because we didn’t have any money coming in. Then in May, he started getting his disability checks. From November to May, we lived with no income,” Denise Womack said. “Then in May, we started getting our disability checks and Medicaid said that the disability payment was too much money for us to continue getting Medicaid. Right before all of this happened, somebody had stolen our checking account information and completely wiped us out. We had literally nothing. We were one of those families that literally lived paycheck to paycheck.”

Now, Joel Womack has been without chemotherapy treatments for more than three months.

The cost of the treatments is more than $20,000, Womack said.

Denise Womack said Duff has been very supportive.

“She supported us through all of this and she is trying really hard to help us get the money to at least get the tests run so we can find out where we stand with the cancer since we can’t get treatments,” Womack said. “We at least need to know what the cancer is doing.”

Huff said the family hopes to raise enough money to get a CT scan for Joel Womack.

Several vendors are participating in the event, including sales representatives for Chair Massage, DoTerra Essential Oils, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, Norwex Cleaning, Paparazzi Jewelry and Younique Makeup.

“These people are being very generous and kind to spend their time and come out for them, so if I can get people here, that’s the goal,” Huff said.

Entry to the event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets make participants eligible to win door prizes.

There will be a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle, free child care and crafts and other homemade items on sale.

The historic Maj. James Scarborough House is located at one tenth of a mile from the junction of N.C. 222 and State 1004 in Saratoga.

Tickets and information can be obtained by calling Denise Womack at 252-886-1335 or Megin Duff at 336-207-3810. Duff can be emailed at fightof9@outlook.com.