ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) Chad Womack and his wife, Amy, are used to rushing to the aid of others, but now they are the ones needing help.
Chad is a firefighter in both Lexington and Anderson Counties and Amy is a paramedic.
"We always joke around, if you lived in Lexington, Frankfort any surrounding counties that have been transported to Franklin Regional or Anderson County, a Womack has probably touched you in some way shape or form," said family friend Geri Sipe.
Their 10-year-old son Ryan was recently diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer.
"It was very difficult to handle and I can’t even imagine being the parent," Sipe said.
Chad and Amy are working as much as possible, helping Ryan maintain normalcy.
"He laughs and jokes. I visited him at the hospital on Friday and he was laughing, and joking, and cutting up the whole time I was there," said Anderson County Fire Chief Patrick Krogman.
Knowing they would never ask themselves, first responders are hoping for donations to keep the Womack family afloat during this trying time.
"Medical bills can bankrupt a family, and you shouldn’t have to face losing your home when your child is fighting for their life," said Sipe. "I think he’s going to beat it, I know he is, he’s fighting it tooth and nail."
A number of events have already been held to support Ryan, but an all-out bash is coming up on August 4th and they need donations to make the event a success.
They will have bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, food trucks, and more. Admission to the August event will be a $10 donation or a family donation of $50 if you have a family larger than four people.
They still need sponsors, vendors, and items for the event’s silent auction. Donations of bottled water, hand sanitizer, and supplies are appreciated.
You can call Geri Sipe at (502) 376-8710 for more information as well as Pat Wolf at (502) 330-5544.