A rare form of tissue cancer has sidelined a local corrections officer and now the Friends of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Correctional Department are stepping in to help.
The group will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit Tommy Pruitt from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Knights of Columbus in Lorain.
Pruitt, 44, of Lorain was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. It was discovered roughly two months ago when Pruitt went to the hospital with what he thought was bronchitis.
However, doctors discovered his body was riddled with multiple tumors.
He recently underwent surgery to remove tumors from his brain at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Chicago. Additional tumors have been found on his diaphragm and lungs.
Doctors have been very guarded with Pruitt’s prognosis, said Coco Watson, one of the benefit organizers.
“We’re not sure what will happen, but we want to step in now to do something for Tommy and his daughter,” she said. “He is not working right now and needs all the help he can get.”
Pruitt, who has worked at the Lorain County Jail for more than 12 years, is at Allen Memorial Hospital in the rehabilitation unit.
The benefit will include a Chinese raffle, 50/50 drawings and other prizes. The requested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.