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Southern Songmasters perform in benefit to help cancer patient

Dearing First Baptist Church was host to a benefit concert Saturday to raise money to help Daisy Ansley, a local woman who's been re-diagnosed with cancer.

"We're here tonight to help raise money for Miss Daisy, a longtime friend who's facing her second bout with cancer," said Warren Newsome, a member of the Southern Songmasters, the concert's featured performers.

"We love to sing and will sing at any time for any reason," Newsome said, "and when one of our members suggested we do this as a benefit concert, we thought it was a great idea. And it's always a good reason to sing when you're helping somebody."

The Southern Songmasters donated their talent, and a love offering was taken to help Miss Ansley, known affectionately as Miss Daisy, to pay her bills.

Ansley was a longtime bus driver for the McDuffie County school system, and has also worked as a waitress at Neal's restaurant.

Having previously fought off breast cancer, it's recently returned in her ovaries.

"I just want to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart," she said before the concert. "I appreciate this and all the support from my family and friends, and I just hope the Lord heals this and I'm back to my old self soon."

There was also an abundance of emotional support for Ansley displayed during the event.

"Miss Daisy, this is for you," said Randy Pittman of the Southern Songmasters at the beginning of the concert. "You just sit back and enjoy it."

Web posted on Thursday, August 04, 2011

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