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7/18/10

Teen's book drive give hope to those battling cancer

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Sunday a local teen's book drive brought in hundreds of books for people battling cancer staying at the newly opened Hope Lodge.

Fifteen-year-old Parker Wise started the book drive as part of his Eagle Scout project, but he had no idea how much support he would get.

"We were expecting around 400 books, but it looks like we have 600, maybe 700," Wise said.

For four hours boxes came in to Barnes and Noble, instead of going out.

"I donated ten books and that doesn't seem like enough," Matt Bumstead said after giving new books he just bought.

"We've had battles with cancer in our own lives as many families have, and we know what a struggle that is. I hope they get what they need. I hope they get inspiration, a breath of fresh air, a moment away from the struggle," Bumstead said.

Each of these books donated will help Sherilyn Stephens' story live on.

"We were married almost 33 years when she passed away in June of 2008 from bone cancer. She had a real passion for books," Sherilyn's husband Mark Stephens said.

The Hope Lodge named their library after Sherilyn, and with all the donations from the book drive the shelves will now be completely full, and they'll even be enough books to put more in other rooms throughout the center.

"For her it's a great honor it's a tribute and it's just a special time in my life to be a part of that, and always look back and know that this library is here serving people that are going through a tough battle in their lives with cancer," Stephens said.

Wise said he plans on doing another book drive sometime in August.

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