We as a family would like to take this opportunity to express our thoughts on the events we have experienced in the last week.
We have just completed a day of recalling and attempting to send thanks for your acts of kindness, outreach and the love you all have shown for Cheryl Lynn and for her family. We wish we could thank everyone with a personal letter, but we have been overwhelmed to the point that we cannot even begin to comprehend it all.
We are especially thankful to those who recognized Cheryl's car and called us immediately with concerned hearts.
We want to thank all who responded at the scene of her accident. We also want to thank the EMS personnel, emergency room staff, hospital staff and doctors and everyone else who gave their every best effort to save our Cheryl.
We would like to thank all who prepared food, sent flowers and those who reached out to us and met our every need.
We would especially like to thank the members and pastors of Harlem United Methodist Church, Thomson First Baptist Church and numerous other area churches who went out of their way to care for us in this extremely difficult time. How blessed we are to live in such a close-knit community where people truly do care about one another.
Thanks to those of you who organized and participated in the candlelight vigil at Thomson High School. This was an especially touching event.
Thanks to all of you who took the time and made the effort to see us at visitation. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from these communities, area churches, friends, family, co-workers, fellow students and on and on. We are truly sorry for not being able to speak to each and every one of you face to face.
We, as a family, knew Cheryl was special to us, and after this week, it has become very clear just how special she was to so many of you. You showed us how the way she lived her life and treated people influenced this community. She will be greatly missed.
We ask that you please remember how very clear the Rev. Roger Vest challenged you to use your life to make a difference.
Already it has become apparent to us that many of you have accepted the challenge and made a decision in your life as a result of this.
Despite our great loss, we pray that we all will be changed forever.
Thank you from the family of Cheryl Lynn Helmly
We would like to ask if anyone has any video footage of Cheryl, no matter how small, or seemingly insignificant, would forward a copy to the family via firstname.lastname@example.org or you may drop it off at The McDuffie Mirror office at 108 Railroad Street, Thomson.