Community Helps Midlands Officer Battling Cancer
IRMO, S.C. (WOLO) — A Midlands law enforcement officer is getting what he deserves, in a good way, as local volunteers extend a helping hand to make needed repairs to his home. Richland County Sheriff’s deputy, Mark Ryan, has been unable to make repairs to his home. He is battling stage four lung cancer. However, with the help of the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation, who purchased materials needed to spruce up the house, and youth and adult volunteers with the Salkeatchie Summer Service Camp program, his house is getting the attention it needs, including a new roof, new paint job and major landscaping. Deputy Ryan’s home is one of six that 75 youth and adult volunteers will repair this week in two counties as part of Lake Murray Salkeatchie Summer Service Camp. Not only is this a journey for him, but also for the participating high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures who upgrade housing, motivate community cooperative efforts by helping people help themselves. The former EMS medic turned law enforcement officer and single father of three daughters is grateful and says he’s overwhelmed at the helping hands of strangers. The Salkehatchie missions team and the United Methodist Church will be repairing in the Irmo and Chapin areas through Friday, July 27.