Community Returns Healing Favors to Heroic Woman

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After the June 2016 Flood, hundreds in the Elk River Area were left without food and water for days, and for one flood survivor, she saw the need and opened up the infamous Lunchbox.

Crystal Myers has been serving up burgers, hotdogs, fries and much more for past two years to help those overcoming flood woes.

This past July however, closed the food stand’s doors unexpectedly.

“It happened so fast, it was a whirlwind, and absolute whirlwind and I had no intentions of closing. It was the farthest thing from my plans, so that was heartbreaking,” said Myers.

Myers finding life to throw her yet another curve ball, being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. A community she helped heal now stepping up to the plate to help her in a time of need.

A blowout fundraiser took place in the parking lot of Smith’s Foodfair where hot dogs and baked goods were for sale, along with a yard sale and raffle.

Long-time friend and fundraiser organizer, Carrie Roush Nicholas said, “they all remembered what Crystal had done for them when the flood came through and they were more than willing to help out, just how well the town has responded has been great.”

The support Crystal has seen throughout the last couple of weeks has left her speechless and feeling truly loved.

“Why would they do this for me? I don’t understand why, I don’t deserve it, but I’m grateful and I’m overwhelmed, and I’m an emotional wreck. I cannot thank everybody enough. It’s humbling and I am in debt for the rest of my life and I will do anything I can from here on out to pay it forward to every single person,” said Myers.

Today’s fundraiser raised nearly $900 dollars to help pay for Crystal’s medical expenses.

A GoFundMe page has be established where donations can be made as well. If you’d like to help join Crystal’s fight to kicking cancer’s butt, click here.

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