A local real estate office recently held a benefit effort for the daughter of a colleague.
Keller Williams Community Partners organized a blood drive, silent auction and bake sale Dec. 10 in support of 13-year-old Sydney Ridings.
Ridings is battling Ewing’s sarcoma, an adolescent bone cancer.
After surgery and a year in remission, Ridings’ cancer returned earlier this year. She is a currently undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments.
Kimberly Lee, one of the office’s real estate agents, said she and other Keller Williams employees learned of Ridings’ situation through her mother, Tammy Ridings, who has spent many years working for Re/Max.
“You work in cooperation with so many different agents in this business and [Tammy Ridings] has been around for a while,” Lee said. “We just hated to hear that news so we wanted to do something to help.”
Lee said Keller Williams employees baked treats for the bake sale and collected items from other local businesses for the silent auction.
“Everything was delicious,” she said of the sale. “We have a lot of good Southern cooks. People were buying a cupcake for like $20.”
Many area businesses took part by not only donating items to the silent auction, but also dropping in for the event.
“We had over 75 items for the auction and probably over 200 people in and out,” Lee said.
As for the blood drive, Lee said collection workers had to turn people away due to the large turnout.
“They ran out of bags,” she said. “More than 35 people ended up giving blood. That was something Tammy [Ridings] was really pleased about because Sydney has had to have a lot of blood transfusions.”
The event also raised more than $6,500 for the Ridings family.
“We were thrilled with the support we received from some many local businesses and the community,” Lee said.