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Community plans benefit for Hankins family

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Two month old Molly Hankins started chemo late Wednesday evening at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. (PHOTO CREDIT: Stacy Preston Photography)

Whenever a member of the Moore County community found themselves in need of a helping hand, Frankie Rutledge and his family were always quick to offer to help. Rutledge often volunteered his time and equipment to participate in benefit barbecues to help raise funds for local families.

Now that community is returning the favor by planning the Prayers for Molly Benefit to help the Rutledges’ granddaughter, Molly, the two-month-old daughter of Ivy Rutledge Hankins and her husband, Daryl, who is currently at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital undergoing chemo treatment for a rare form of infant cancer.

Little Molly began chemo treatments on Wednesday, and is being “a real trooper” according to mom Ivy, who also calls her daughter, “my hero” on the family’s Caring Bridge page. (; site name: MollyHankins).

The event is planned for Saturday, March 10 at Lynchburg Elementary School, where Ivy teaches fifth grade.
It will include a plate dinner, auction, live music, games and a special appearance by Sadie the Clown.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

For more information or to donate an item for the auction, contact Robyn Fletcher at (931) 759-5523 or Cortney Hardin at (931) 581-6370.

The event is constantly evolving, so for updates visit the Benefit for Molly Hankins and Family event page on Facebook.
Benefit accounts have also been set up at the Jack Daniel Employee Credit Union in Lynchburg and Traders Bank in Tullahoma