Spaghetti dinner to benefit family of student-athlete

Damarie Lyons rests in a hospital bed holding a signed football from North Hardin’s win over Central Hardin earlier this season.

A benefit is planned this weekend to support the family of a Radcliff teen with bone cancer.

Damarie Lyons, a wide receiver on the North Hardin High School football team, recently was diagnosed with osteosarcoma after continual knee pain after a game.

Saturday, a carry-out spaghetti dinner is planned to benefit the family of the 16-year-old.

“I wanted the family to know that the community is here for them so they can have some relief financially and they can focus on their son and his recovery,” organizer Marie Torres said.

She knows Lyons and his parents, Nika and Derek Marnell, because their families have coached and played baseball together.

Radcliff, she said, is a community that is here for an athlete who goes to North Hardin, to be here to be a part in the healing process for him and the family.

“To let them know that they are not doing it alone that we are here to support them or any player,” she said.

Torress said both parents work full-time and the biggest need is the freedom to have time to support Lyons in his recovery. They probably will need to take time off work and money from this benefit can help relieve that financial burden when they need to miss a paycheck, she said.

Her goal is to sell at least 300 meals but said “the more the merrier.”

The dinner can be picked up from noon to 7 p.m. at Colvin Community Center at 230 Freedoms Way in Radcliff.

Tickets are $8 and the meal includes a salad, bread and butter, spaghetti, dessert and drink. Cash and cards will be accepted.

There also is a raffle with items posted on the event page on Facebook titled “Benefit Spaghetti Dinner For Marnell Family.” Tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10 and can be purchased now or the day of the event. A few silent auction items also will be on hand as well at the pick-up location.

Donations also will be accepted, Torres said.

“Come grab a plate of spaghetti dinner and participate in the raffle,” she said. “Nothing is too small.”

For more information, call Torres at 757-358-7054.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or

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