FENTON (WBNG) — The community is coming together for a local Marine combat veteran. Eric Bellamy is facing one of life’s greatest challenges, but thanks to the help of the American Legion Post 1194 and members of the community he doesn’t have to do it alone.
Bellamy got the diagnosis he never saw coming. “Of course it was shock, you know I mean you never expect to get this cancer so early. I mean I’m only 49 years old and now I’m dealing with cancer,” said Bellamy.
The Marine combat veteran learned he had stage three pancreatic cancer in June. “On an every day basis dealing with the abdominal pain and deal and dealing with the fact that you grow weaker every day,” he said.
He now fears its affecting more than just him. “With cancer you never know what’s next,” he said. “Of course, my daughter’s future is the most important thing to me. I’ve been able to be a great father and now that this cancer has hit I really have a hard time performing fun things for her as a dad.”
When Bellamy’s friend Eric Fetterman heard the diagnosis he said, “I have stage three pancreatic cancer and for a friend to tell you that it’s tough so were going to do something.”
With help from the American Legion Post 1194 and the entire community, he’s raising money for Bellamy’s medical costs.
The benefit for Bellamy is this Saturday starting at noon at the American Legion Post 1194. Community members can help Bellamy with his medical costs with a spaghetti dinner, raffle, and donations. There’s also a bike run at Lowe’s on Front Street starting at 10 a.m.