Spirit of Elvis to help raise funds to help pay family's medical bills

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Proceeds will benefit the family of seven-year-old Nathan Ing

By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Hardcore Elvis Presley fans will be quick to mention his good-natured charitable side. Elvis impersonators tend to follow suit, in a sequined cape sort of way.

Impersonator Jimmy W. Johnson will appear as The King during a special performance dubbed “The Spirit of Elvis.” The admission tickets read, “Don’t Be Cruel.”

What makes the local event so special is that proceeds will benefit the family of Shepherdsville resident Nathan Ing, a seven-year-old with a rare malignant brain tumor.

Nathan was first diagnosed with Choroid Plexus Carcinoma in December 2006. Since that time he has experienced three surgeries and months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Pressure from the tumors left Nathan legally blind, losing all vision in his left eye.

Tumors were removed and treated, but others eventually regenerated. Nathan’s situation was recently diagnosed as terminal.

Nathan’s family includes his parents, Missy and Paul, and a sister, Marissa, a fifth grader at Shepherdsville Elementary.

Friends of the Ing Family hired Johnson and created the local “Spirit of Elvis” event as a way to assist with bills. Steven Deaton, a friend of the Ing family, coordinated the event along with another family friend, Denise Hester.

Deaton said Paul had used up vacation and sick time at his work. Through care and concern, Deaton said friends hoped the event would help Paul and Missy not worry about future funds.

“We cannot do anything about Nathan’s situation but we can do something to help them out in some small way,” Deaton said.

Deaton thanked the Ing’s home church, Hebron Lane Church of Christ for their assistance with the event, as well as the Eastside Middle School Beta Club.

“The Spirit of Elvis” is presented by the North Bullitt Lions Club. Programs for the event were donated courtesy of Publishers Printing.

Johnson’s Elvis show is endorsed by the “Elvis Fans Forever” Fan Club authorized by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Johnson has received praise from former Elvis drummer Charlie Hodge and former Stamps Quartet background singer Ed Enoch.

“The Spirit of Elvis” benefit for Nathan Ing takes place Friday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Deaton said all ages were invited and promised family fun. Concessions will be available.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at First Federal Savings Bank and People’s Bank of Bullitt County locations. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

For more information call Paroquet Springs at 543-8687.

Sponsors of “The Spirit of Elvis” include North Bullitt Lions Club, Publishers Printing, The People’s Bank of Bullitt County, First Federal Savings Bank, Country Inn and Suites, S&S Panel Fabrication, The Wave, A. Hester Plumbing and Electric, Turner Heating and Air, Van Meter Insurance, Before and After Consignment, USA Portable Buildings, Capital Tire and Muffler Automotive Center, Hillside Hearth Shop Inc., Bullitt County Transmission Inc., Louisville Winnelson Company, Lowell Myers Insurance Agency Inc., Apex Wireless Inc. - AT&T, North Bullitt Family Dental, Creations By Barbara and Hester’s Family Fitness.