When word spread that longtime Whiteland resident Tanya Ward was struggling with colon cancer, several area residents were compelled to help with a fundraiser.
They lined up dozens of sponsors to provide prizes for a silent auction, chili and other supplies. They sent hundreds of e-mails and Facebook messages to people locally and around the state.
But the work has been minuscule compared to the effect they hope to have on the Ward family.
For the past three years, the Whiteland residents have organized fundraisers for local families affected by cancer. Lori Stuck, Brian Cross and Holly Stalets, all graduates of Whiteland Community High School, have helped six families with benefit events, including a softball tournament, dodgeball games and an afternoon of bowling.