SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Friends and family planned a benefit this Saturday for Dewey Nickolson, who had stage 4 lung cancer, to offset medical expenses. He lost that battle earlier this week, but the benefit is still planned to help his family with medical expenses and to celebrate his life.
The benefit will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lima Central Catholic High School cafeteria, 720 S. Cable Road, Lima.
Vicki Young, a longtime family friend, spent countless hours arranging the event. There will be food, a 50/50 drawing and a raffle. Prizes include a hotel stay and a $50 gift card to Dunkin’s Diamonds.
Nickolson, 62, had been receiving treatments from Cleveland Clinic and St. Rita’s Medical Center. He did not have health insurance.
He had been an inspector at Better Brake Parts for 21 years, but he particularly enjoyed the job he had as a maintenance person at Lima Central Catholic. Many LCC students knew Nickolson and wrote letters to him after he got sick.
“He loved going to his job everyday. He was really upset when he had to quit,” Young said.
Nickolson smiled a lot when Young talked to him about the upcoming benefit. Young said he’d always been modest.
“He couldn’t believe someone would do that for him,” she said.
Attendees will also be able to pick up fliers for Applebee's. If they bring that flier to either of the two Lima locations on June 26, 15 percent of the bill will go towards the Nickolson family.
Nickolson is survived by his wife, Shirley, a 7-year-old daughter, Gracie; two adult sons, Mathew and Aaron; and four grandchildren.