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Hastings family to raise awareness on cancer screening after losing one of their own

Published: Mar. 7, 2021 at 10:22 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A family in Hastings is remembering a loved one who lost his battle to cancer just a few months ago. An upcoming fundraiser is set to raise money for James Parson’s family and also to raise awareness on the disease.

James owned Wanda’s bar with his wife in downtown Hastings for almost 15 years, until he passed away last December.

“He was the DJ. He definitely was the one who inspired getting the karaoke going in here in honor of our mom,” his sister-in-law Tammi Bauer said. “Our mom was all about the singing and those things.”

“James has the most amazing heart and the biggest sense of humor,” family friend Jessica Brock said remembering his role in her life. “He’s always the life and the joker and a person who just cares so deeply about people.”

Losing James was hard on his family. especially because of how quickly his illness developed.

“It was just such a fast thing,” Bauer said. “He started hurting and in and out of the hospital a few times, then finally they sent him to Omaha. Within a week he was told he had cancer, then a couple weeks after that he passed.”

His family and friend now plan to host a fundraiser to not only help with his medical bills, but also to raise awareness on the importance of regular cancer screenings.

“Really the brunt of his medical issues were within a month,” Brock said. “So things can happen very, very quickly. Get checked. That’s a big thing we want to pass along that he was adamant about, getting his family checked and getting everyone checked.”

The fundraiser will be hosted at 107 N Denver Street in Hastings on March 14th at 1 p.m. For more information on this event, you can visit their Facebook page.

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