Todd Dolan

Godley may be a small town, but when one of their own is in need they rally together, resident Jeff Pannell said.

There will be a benefit to raise money for Todd Dolan, who is battling cancer, and his family at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Del Norte.

Since being diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in late July, Dolan has only been out of the hospital and rehab for five full days and eight nights. He is on three different chemotherapy regiments and is required to be hospitalized every 14 days for treatment for a minimum of five days each time. 

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia is a common type of leukemia in adults that starts in cells that become certain white blood cells in the bone marrow and then travel to the blood. 

After his first treatment, he developed Tumor Lysis Syndrome — a condition that occurs when a large number of cancer cells die within a short period and release their contents in to the blood — and total organ failure, as well as sepsis.  

In August, he learned the cancer went through Richter’s Transformation and morphed into a more aggressive Diffused Large B-Cell Lumphoma. 

In October, the cancer spread to his central nervous system creating a third type of cancer to fight: secondary central nervous system lymphoma. He’s now been diagnosed with stage four. 

Pannell said he originally met the Dolan family in 2009 when his daughter became friends with one of Todd Dolan’s daughters while playing sports. He was in shock when he got the news about Todd Dolan’s diagnosis.

“Todd’s a big tough guy,” he said. “He’s going to beat it. He’s got the strength to beat it.” 

While growing up in Godley, Pannell’s seen the community come together many times and wants them to do it again for the Dolan family.

“I want to let the family know we’re there for them,” Pannell said.

Todd Dolan’s wife, Laura Dolan, said she appreciates the community for supporting them.

“Some people don’t like the growth coming in Godley, but its heart is growing with it,” she said. “That’s good. We have only lived here for 10 years. We’re glad we chose to move here from Missouri.”

As well as a silent auction and raffle, the benefit will feature a washer and cornhole tournament for $40 per team and double elimination. There will be prizes for first and second place.

They are still asking for residents to donate items for the silent auction. Proceeds from this event will be used to pay medical bills, household and daily expenses for the family.  

For more information, call Pannell at 817-202-7255.

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