“We Care For Quinci” Benefit Concert Featuring Recording Artist Cheri Keaggy

Lori Boruff, Correspondent
Singer-songwriter Cheri Keaggy will give a benefit concert to kickstart the "We Care For Quinci" Fund. Money raised will build a handicap accessible bathing and changing area for 11-year old Quinci McIntire, living with Spina Bifida. The benefit concert is Oct. 2, at 3:00 p.m., hosted by Aledo United Methodist Church, 301 N. College Ave., Aledo.

    Contemporary Christian recording artist, Cheri Keaggy joins a small community to provide a big blessing for the McIntire family. Keaggy's Oct. 2, 3:00 p.m. benefit concert at Aledo United Methodist Church, 301 N. College Avenue, catapults a dream into a reality for Quinci McIntire, living with Spina Bifida.

    Quinci is a vibrant and growing sixth grader at Mercer County Intermediate School. Her need of a handicap accessible bathing and dressing area added to her home is urgent. Singer-songwriter Cheri Keaggy and the community can make that happen.  Your generous donations for the “We Care For Quinci” fund will kickstart a big blessing for the McIntire family.  Concert seating is first come, first serve. 

    “Although Ty Pennington's Extreme Home Makeover isn't bringing his show to Aledo,” comments Lori Boruff, friend of the McIntires and concert organizer, “our community can still come together and offer hope to a family who has lost so much.”  Boruff believes this close-knit community will pull together to donate necessary resources—financial, building materials, skills and time. Boruff adds, ”Our caring community can surely join together to help build one room while Carrie, Quinci's mother, rebuilds her life raising three little girls alone—one with special needs.” Her husband, Mike, was killed in an automobile accident 18 months ago.

    “I longed for a handicap bathroom addition and gave up on the idea after Mike was killed,” shared Carrie, “but God hadn't given up on it. I have hope again.”

    The new addition would include an automated Hi-Lo table used for therapy and medical needs. Other basic bathroom fixtures would accommodate Quinci's wheelchair. These necessities would help Quinci gain her independence and lighten the load for mom.

    The community is already catching the vision. McIntire family friend, Dan Bergen, owner of Bergen Builders will estimate the cost of the addition and oversee the project. His desire to make a difference is fresh on his heart. Bergen and six volunteers from Aledo Trinity Presbyterian Church In America recently returned from a week long trip in Joplin, MO rebuilding homes damaged by the F5 tornado earlier this spring. He returned asking the question What needs to be done in our own area to help someone in need? Bergen has an answer—the McIntires.

    LeAnn Thomas, owner of Blessed By Nature in Aledo created the slogan "We Care for Quinci...so Quinci can take care!"  Carrie works part-time in Thomas' health and wellness store. The Thomas' understand about helping others from their own experience with their daughter's life-threatening disease. Once on the receiving end, they now have an opportunity to give back.

    As concert plans unveiled, so did the news of Quinci's birthday on October 4th. “She's hard to buy presents for because she never asks for anything,” smiled her mother, “but Quinci said this will be the best birthday present ever.” Not every tween gets excited about a handicapped bathroom for their birthday!

    “After my interview with Cheri Keaggy on my radio show Hope101.net, I invited her to help us give this blessing to the McIntires,” commented Boruff, “and she didn't even hesitate.”

    Cheri Keaggy's nine Number One songs and seven albums birthed three Dove Award nominations and one Dove Award. Earlier in her career, Keaggy toured with Christian groups Phillips, Craig and Dean and Point of Grace.

    The singer-songwriter is in pre-production stages for her new album “So I Can Tell.” Concert goers will get a sneak peek into her upcoming album. Every song was written out of real life experience. Every song carries with it a message of hope, she writes on her blog at www.cherikeaggy.com. Her CD's will be available for purchase at the concert.

    Keaggy is expected to sing favorites like “In Remembrance of Me” and “There is Joy in the Lord” during worship on Oct. 2nd at the Aledo United Methodist Church 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services. Just Keaggy and a piano is all that is needed to fill a room with heartfelt worship and praise.

    UMC Pastor Jeff Bealmear hopes people realize this is not a Methodist project but an invitation for the community to work together, make a difference and see that with God all things are possible.

    For more information contact UMC at (309)582-2169 or email: wecareforq@hotmail.com or join We Care For Quinci Facebook Fan Page for updates.