Res­i­dents show their love for Lana Ham­mond

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CH­ESTER — Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents turned out in large num­bers Satur­day af­ter­noon, Aug. 25, for the ben­e­fit of for­mer Kent Is­land Yacht Club bar­tender Lana Ham­mond of Gra­sonville. Over the past two years, Ham­mond had a blood cir­cu­la­tion prob­lem in her lower left leg. Even­tu­ally, her lower leg, just be­low the knee, had to be am­pu­tated. Since that time, Ham­mond, faced with a lengthy re­cov­ery, has been un­em­ployed and bills have been mount­ing.

“Fam­ily takes care of fam­ily,” said KI Yacht Club Com­modore Walt Crouse. “Lana is part of our Yacht club fam­ily here.” Crouse in­di­cated that the Yacht club was trying to raise funds to help Lana pay off her car loan and help with mort­gage pay­ments.

Crouse and for­mer Queen Anne’s County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Suzi Ford, who has been re­tired for 11 years and now lives half of the year in Florida, were the main or­ga­niz­ers of the ben­e­fit.

Ford said Satur­day, “I love liv­ing where we are in Florida, but there’s no place like Queen Anne’s County! The turnout for this event to­day far sur­passed our ex­pec­ta­tions. Queen Anne’s County peo­ple sup­port­ing each other in times of need. It just doesn’t get any bet­ter!”

When asked how she felt about all those who turned out to sup­port her, Ham­mond replied, “I never imag­ined that this many peo­ple loved and cared about me.”

She was all smiles.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Ben­e­fit or­ga­niz­ers Suzi Ford, left, and KI Yacht Club Com­modore Walt Crouse, right, stand with for­mer bar­tender Lana Ham­mond, who had to have her lower left leg am­pu­tated due a cir­cu­la­tion prob­lem.

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