Lilapalooza 2 set for Saturday

Lila Usry at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she has previously received a bone-marrow transplant.
Staff Writer

Tim "Mookie" Wilson and Jeremy Klutts are working behind the scenes to raise money in honor of Lila Usry, with Lilapalooza 2, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Towncreek Pavilion.
Admittance is a $10 donation per person. Food will be for sale, it is not part of the admittance donation.
"We are putting together 'Lilapalooza 2," Wilson said. "This time all the proceeds are going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The donation will be made in Lila's honor."
In West Point, Usry has been the face of childhood cancer. It has made people aware of the need to support St. Jude in its work towards finding a cure for childhood cancers. Cancer is no respecter of persons. At this time Lila Usry is at home and cancer free.

"It’s a miracle to be back in West Point," Heather Usry, Lila's mother, said. "It’s a miracle we are here to talk to you about Lilapalooza. The first time Lilapalooza happened in 2018, we watched it from Lila’s hospital room 900 miles away."
Usry said the family saw the love for them and the hope for Lila’s health to improve and that was the driving force behind it.

"We were so overcome, we just cried and cried," Usry said. "When our cancer journey began in the fall of 2017, time stopped. It was abrupt, traumatic, unexpected, and unprepared for. The life you’ve had stops and everything else is less important than saving your child’s life. It can be a very isolating journey."
She said thankfully, by God’s grace, because of family, because of friends, because they are blessed enough to be from West Point, they were never alone.
"We have been so loved and so cared for, supported, and prayed for," Usry said. "It feels like a miracle to be able to pay those blessings forward. We hope that a family, who is not lucky enough to be from our amazing community, has probably never been here, can be blessed through us."

Wilson and Klutts plan to have more Lilapalooza events in the future.  
There will be raffle items donated by local businesses, T-shirts will available, will be a fun day of barbecue, burgers and music, all to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The entertainment line up is:
Bonfire Boys at noon
Shank and Maim at 1:15 p.m.
J.M. Stevens at 2:30 p.m.
Shameless at 3:45
Shane Tubbs Band at 5 p.m.
The Quiet Calm at 6:15
Huge Ghost at 7:30
Mookie and the M.O.C. at 8:45
For more information contact Tim Wilson 386-3165 or Jeremy Klutts 295-8361.