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Posted: October 1, 2013 8:59 p.m.

Ride for Roxy to aid leukemia patient

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Chris Ogden, a father of two, was diagnosed with leukemia in June. A concert to help with his medical expenses will be held Saturday.

The Ride for Roxy Foundation is staging a concert this weekend to support a man who was diagnosed with leukemia.

"A Concert for Chris Ogden" will be held Oct. 5 at Five O’clock Sports Bar and Grill, 7189 Turner Lake Road, starting at 11 a.m. Admission will be $5.

The concert will benefit Ogden, a husband and father of two who was diagnosed with leukemia this past June. Ogden is currently undergoing extensive chemotherapy treatment at Northside Hospital. Money raised this weekend will help offset his medical expenses and loss of wages.

Roxanne Hall, a two-time breast cancer survivor and organizer of the event, said she enjoys hosting benefits to help others because so many people have helped her.

Ride for Roxy began in November 2009 as family and friends of Hall joined together to help out with her medical expenses after she was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time. More than 150 motorcycles and other vehicles rode through Newton, Rockdale and Henry counties, and more than $14,000 was raised to help Hall.

Hall and her children, Chris and Crystal Miller, decided to found the Ride for Roxy Foundation to hold fundraisers to help out other people diagnosed with cancer. 

"I just had the most wonderful support from the community of Covington.  My daughter (Crystal Miller) and I wanted to pay the community back for what they helped me with, and I enjoy doing it," Hall said.

"We meet new people every time we do one, and it just gives me joy to help those people because I understand what they are going through financially with not working. … You’ve got medical bills, and you’ve got your normal household bills. It’s hard. It’s very hard for people going through this.  So it’s the joy of helping somebody."

Since Ogden is a diehard music fan and musician, Hall said the foundation decided to hold a concert featuring bands and musicians from around the area.

Performers will include Mike McIntyre, One Ton Midas, Joe Hall, Wild Child, Robby Parker Band, DC3, Little Brother and Spanky’s Monkey. Entertainment between sets will be provided by DJ Scottie and Just 4 Fun Radio.  Hall said live auctions and drawings will be held between sets. Event t-shirts will cost $20 and can be pre-ordered.

For more information about "A Concert for Chris Ogden," call Roxy Hall at 678-656-2385 or Crystal Miller at 678-799-5677.

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