Sgt. Tammy Prescott, right, stands with former Mississippi State University quarterback Dak Prescott at Camp Rising Sun. Prescott, a long-term volunteer at CRS, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August. The Lowndes County Sheriff's Department is hosting a fundraiser, with baked goods and a silent auction, Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the LCSO lobby. All proceeds will help Prescott with medical bills.
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May 16, 2019 10:42:29 AM
Sgt. Tammy Prescott is known for giving back to the community, with hundreds of hours racked in non-profits and community service.
Now it's her turn to accept the help.
Lowndes County Sheriff's Department will host a fundraiser event in the department's lobby on Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., selling baked goods from homemade pies to cookies and cakes and hosting a silent auction. The auction includes a grill, gift baskets, gift cards, sunglasses, hunting gear, a free night in a hotel and more.
Prescott has served 19 years with LCSO, primarily in community relations. She was working full-time until last August when she was diagnosed with stage-four stomach cancer and would be in chemotherapy treatments indefinitely.
"Miracles happen every day by the hand of God. Prayer is powerful," Prescott said. "I have a lot of people praying for me in the community. God can make a miracle happen any time so I'm not going to give up hope."
For LCSO Chief Deputy Greg Wright, after all Prescott has done for the community, the department felt it needed to show her the department's support.
"She has done a tremendous amount of things for our department," Wright said. "It's just a small thing we can do for a woman who has given so much."
Wright said, though Prescott is battling three-day chemotherapy treatments every other week, she still steps up to the plate whenever the department needs her.
"She will have her treatments and then between treatments she'll come down to the office and keep doing what she's been doing," Wright said. "She's worn a lot hats, and she wears every one of them well."
Prescott isn't used to being on this side of the table, often volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, YMCA, vacation bible school and more.
"I am a giver, I'm not a taker," Prescott said. "That's hard for me. I've had to really adjust myself. I'm at a point in my life where I have to learn to say thank you."
As much as this fundraiser means to Prescott, she said it's the day to day support that brings her a positive outlook that has helped her fight cancer.
For the past 15 years, Prescott has worked with Camp Rising Sun, a summer camp for children in remission from cancer. In a way, Prescott said, the children she has mentored for years have prepared her for this fight.
"Being with these kids that are sick, and the loss of those over the years," Prescott said. "Those kids, between them and my faith, have prepared me for this. Those kids are a testimony for hope and strength."
Paula Sudduth, who works on the CRS board with Prescott, couldn't measure the impact Prescott has had on Lowndes County.
"She's done so many things, I don't know if one person could list them all," Sudduth said. "Where some people will see a need out in the community and talk about doing something, Tammy gets off her butt and she does something."
This summer, no matter how she's feeling, Prescott said she will be back at CRS and has even visited the camp already preparing for campers.
"(My treatments) make me tired, just drains the energy from my body, but after two or three days I bounce back," Prescott said. "Even if I'm just sitting in a chair the whole time, I'll be at camp this summer."
That passion and dedication for helping others, Sudduth said, is what makes Prescott the person she is.
"I don't know anybody who has more heart than Tammy," Sudduth said. "I don't know anybody who has dedicated more service to others. I think it's our time that we give back to her for one day. We need to show her love and support. If you got a dollar in your pocket that you don't need, give it to Tammy."
For Prescott, it's her faith and positive attitude that has helped her continue the fight. None of that would be possible, Prescott said, without the support from those around her.
"I have a wonderful work family," Prescott said. "I just have such a support system there. The people I work with are my extended family. They have been there for me, ever since this whole thing started. God has put them here for me. It's very humbling. There's so much love there. It's amazing to step back and watch every one of them give from the heart."
How to go
■ WHO: Tammy Prescott
■ WHAT: Bake sale and silent auction to benefit a medical fund
■ WHEN: Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
■ WHERE: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, 527 S. MLK Drive
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