Fundraiser Helps Spring Hill Father & Son Battling Cancer
by Emily Luxen
SPRING HILL, Tenn.- A community has rallied around a Spring Hill family with two members battling stage 4 colorectal cancer.
Kim Compton was diagnosed two years ago with stage 4 colon cancer, and then his 26-year-old son, Taylor, received the same diagnosis this year. Both are in the middle of rounds of chemotherapy that come with harsh side effects.
Since Kim and Taylor are not able to work to support the family, or help pay for rising medical bills, friends and neighbors are reaching out to help.
At a Franklin Chick-fil-A Monday night, members of their church, friends and neighbors lined up to make a donation to the family. The restaurant donated 20 percent of all the sales from the evening to the family as well.
Kim and Taylor said the support means a lot during this tough time.
"I'm just blown away by it," said Kim Compton. "It makes you feel humble that you think you are doing this by yourself, and you're not."
"Me personally, I don't know what I did to deserve this kind of help," said Taylor Compton.
Family friend Vicki Snyder helped organize the fundraiser. She said this is just the latest way the community is working together to help this amazing family.
"We want them to know we love them," said Snyder. "Any support we can get can help them out."
Kim said they have no family history of colorectal cancer, and the almost simultaneous diagnosis even puzzled their doctors. Taylor said he relies on his dad for support.
"It allows us to go through it together," aid Taylor. "He's been where I'm at with treatment. We can lean on each other which is really nice."
Both Kim and Taylor are in the middle of their latest round of chemotherapy.
Church members have also started a fund called "Compton's Kicking Cancer." Donations can be made at any Sun Trust bank location.