Written by Pierce Legeion
Last updated on October 11, 2012 @ 8:32PM
Created on October 11, 2012 @ 5:56PM
Hundreds of people gathered at Orchard Hall in Elkins Wednesday night to help a man who has touched many lives in that community.
Roy Simms found out this summer that he would need a heart and kidney transplant to save his life. Simms was the former boy's basketball coach at Elkins High School for many years and is currently an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Davis and Elkins College.
He will have to cover 20% of the cost of the over $1 million operation. After battling prostate cancer last year, Simms must wait another year to be eligible for the transplants to ensure he is cancer-free for two years. Friends and family were ready to step in and help by hosting a benefit dinner to help raise money for the operation.
In addition to dinner, many items were raffled off including a basketball signed by WVU men's basketball coach Bob Huggins. Huggins, a friend of Simms, was there to speak at the event. Simms helped to raise money in memory of Huggins' mother, who died in 2003. The money was used to support the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at WVU. He also created the Give Back Foundation in 2006 which has helped fund scholarships and has given hundreds of students the opportunity to play sports in the Elkins community. Despite what he has been through already and what he faces, Simms points to his faith and is determined to battle through.
5 News spoke to Simms' brother and he told us about how much his brother has meant to the community.
If you'd like to help, a fund has been set up at the Shiloh Baptist Church.
Checks can be made out to the church with the memo line Simms' Health Fund and sent to Shiloh Baptist Church, P.O. Box 802, Elkins, WV 26241.
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