Benefit basketball game for 'Pirate Bob' Saturday


Lebanon police officers and local attorneys are scheduled to face off Saturday, but don’t worry, it’s for a good cause.

The cause is Bobby “Pirate Bob” Harris, 7, who has for the past year battled brain cancer and was recently found to be cancer-free after his most recent MRI.

Police and attorneys are going to face each other in a basketball game to raise funds to help Bobby’s family pay medical expenses which ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, even with insurance.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen talked with City Attorney Andy Wright about putting together a benefit to help the Harris family.

Bowen said he first became aware of Bobby this past year after meeting Rachel Hutchings, a neighbor of the Harris family, who told him about the boy, a student, along with his twin brother, at Castle Heights Elementary School.

“We’ve had a pretty close relationship with Bobby,” Bowen said, noting that when he came home from the hospital he was greeted by police and Lebanon firefighters.

“A lot of us at the police department look up to Bobby as a hero,” the police chief said, adding he has made quite an impact on everyone there. He noted that Bobby has undergone surgery and chemotherapy in battling the cancer.

“This is the thing we really like to do,” the chief said, adding “it’s a way for us to give back.”

The basketball game on Saturday, while sure to be hard-fought on the court at Castle Heights Elementary, promises to be entertaining, too. Country music singer and Wilson County resident Darryl Singletary will sing the national anthem prior to the start of the game which is to get under way at noon.

Local radio personality MJ Lucas will also be on hand, along with Scruff from the police department, and the star of the day himself, Bobby, may make an appearance, too.

There will be door prizes awarded and concessions will be available. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will go to Bobby and his family.

“It’s going to be an awesome time,” Bowen said. “The response has been awesome. He’s an amazing child. We’re hoping for a full house.”

Again, the basketball game between police officers and local attorneys will be at noon, Saturday, March 1, at Castle Heights Elementary, at 1007 North Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon. Everyone is welcome.

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