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Ocean Springs man getting help and hugs as he battles cancer

Michael "Groovy" Farrell of Ocean Springs gets one of many hugs at Saturday's fundraising event. (Photo source: WLOX) Michael "Groovy" Farrell of Ocean Springs gets one of many hugs at Saturday's fundraising event. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

The fight continues for an Ocean Springs man diagnosed with lung cancer, and his friends are fighting right alongside him.

Michael “Groovy” Farrell is loaded down with medical bills. At Saturday’s fundraising event, hosted by Sweets Lounge in Ocean Springs, there were plenty of hugs and kisses for the 70-year-old Groovy. But, his friends are offering something even more: financial help.

“We take care of each other the best we can,” Farrell said. “I appreciate everything they have done, and I hope I can get some of the money to pay these doctors, because they don’t come cheap.”

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in February. In two weeks, he begins chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

The event, complete with entertainment, raffles, silent auction, and food, is one of four that have been sponsored by the nightclub. Together, about $12,000 has been raised.

“We’re all family together,” said Sweets Lounge co-owner Terry Franklin. “Anytime I say something to Groovy, he’s right there. A lot of people went through a lot of trouble and a lot of work to pull this off, and it’s been a great, wonderful turnout.”

Even when Groovy is receiving help, he’s giving it as well. He, along with other friends, donated their precious ponytails to the Pink Hearts Fund.

The cutting honors were done by his biker sister, Debbie Edwards, who is also fighting for her life. She was diagnosed with lung cancer just a month before Groovy. It’s made their friendship even more special.

“We’re going to connect, and we’re going to keep up with each other, and we're going to fight for each other,” Edwards said. “He’s my brother. He’s my brother. I love him.”

“We’re going to make it. It’s not an easy road to hoe, but we’ll get it one step at a time,” Farrell said.

He offered this advice.

“People who smoke, quit. That’s all I can tell them.”

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