Valley Rural Electric Cooperative will host its eleventh annual benefit golf outing Thursday, June 23 at the Huntingdon Country Club, 10305 Raystown Road, Huntingdon. All of Valley's offices will be closed that day as employees lend a hand for the event. Started by Valley REC's employee health and wellness committee, which has raised more than $240,000 for charities since its inception, the tournament will benefit three area residents, Karmyn Scott, Sylus Fellman, and Curt White.
Nine-year-old Karmyn Scott is the daughter of Tony and Jessica Scott of Huntingdon. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2021 and had surgery and weeks of radiation treatment to be followed by chemotherapy. As sometimes happens after tumor removal, Karmyn developed a syndrome that impacts speech and motor skills and requires occupational and physical therapy. She has seven siblings, five of whom were adopted by the Scotts, including a special needs child. They are a generous and loving family facing a lot of medical expenses.
Sylus Fellman is eight years old and lives in Petersburg with his mother, Heather. He has juvenile metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), a rare hereditary disorder that destroys the myelin sheath around nerves, particularly in the brain and spinal cord. Sylus has undergone chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant and has a difficult road ahead. Treatments have impacted Sylus’s speech, which has been especially challenging for a boy family members say is a chatter box who likes to tell corny jokes.
Curt White joined Valley Rural Electric’s employee team in 1990, starting on a tree-trimming crew and working his way to journeyman lineman and crew leader. In the spring of 2020, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Though he fought his way to remission, the aggressive blood cancer returned at the start of this year, leading to several more months of chemotherapy. Curt and his wife, Lois, live near Mount Union and have six children. Curt enjoys spending time with family and is active in his church. Prior to his illness, he participated in a prison ministry which traveled to several states.
For details about the golf outing and how to register or participate as a sponsor or donor, visit the Golf Outing page.