Grilling ribs for leukemia

DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – 3-year-old Shepherd Hall says “playing” is his favorite thing to do. That’s what most 3-year-olds spend their day doing, but Shepherd also has to battle cancer.

Doctors diagnosed him with leukemia in August of 2013. For the past year he’s been in and out of the hospital getting chemotherapy treatments.

His parents Brady and Matt, have been optimistic.

“We know that God does things for a reason,” said Brady. “Jeremiah 29:11 immediately came to mind when the doctor came in that morning at 7:30 and that’s ‘for I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper, not to harm you, but plans for hope in the future,’ and I immediately knew that this was going to be for good.”

The Halls’ positive outlook has helped in recovery, but the medical bills are piling up.  Shepherd has had to spend extended time in the hospital. Throughout the month he has to take about a half dozen medications.

The community is rallying for Shepherd. A family friend sought help from David Lewis. Lewis and a group of six friends run Fired Up, Inc. It is a non-profit that raises money for families like the Halls. He says it’s all about teamwork.

“It’s making a difference through barbeque,” said Lewis. “Strangers helping strangers.”

For a donation of $30 customers can buy a slab of ribs to support the family. Lewis cooks the meat out of one of his big, double-barrel, car-sized smokers. He only charges for the meat so families see at least $21 for every slab sold. Lewis said Shepherd’s story really hit home for him.

“I have a 10-year-old that I’m fortunate that she’s healthy and everything’s gone well with her. I can’t imagine what this family is going through. So when I mentioned it to my board they all jumped in and said, ‘This is one we have to do.'”

Lewis said in the first three days that the family started taking orders for Shepherd, they received 65 requests. That was two weeks ago. The number continues to grow. They’re aiming for a goal of 150.

If you would like to order ribs to support Shepherd and his family, you can call 334-538-3588 or contact Fired up here, through their Facebook Event page All orders must be in by August 22. They will be cooked and available for pick up on August 29 at the Daphne YMCA.

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