Family, friends organizing efforts to help Catrett

Published 1:16 am Friday, March 29, 2019

Travis Catrett is gearing up for his third battle with cancer, and friends and family members are rallying around him to aid him in that fight.

Catrett retired from Massey Automotive after serving as the dealership’s parts manager for many years. He’s also known as an avid Harley rider and a former karate teacher.

His stepdaughter, Stephani Fore, is helping organize a huge bake sale for him this weekend.

“He’s fighting prostate cancer, and it’s stage 4,” Fore said. “This is his third time to battle the disease.”

Catrett’s doctors are in Montgomery, and he’ll be travelling there for his treatments. On Wednesday, the family thought they needed $3,000 per month in out-of-pocket expenses for his treatments, but learned Thursday morning those expenses would be covered.

“That was a great relief,” she said.

She said and Catrett’s daughter-in-law, Nancy Dubose, came up with the idea for a bake sale.

“We wanted to raise a little money to help him with expenses now,” Fore said. “We didn’t have time to pull together a big event, so we thought we’d do this.”

Community support has been so good, the organizers plan to sell baked goods in two locations this Saturday.

“We’re baking and we have a lot of volunteers,” she said.

Their “Big Ole Bake Sale” will be set up at Gitty Up N Go #2 in River Falls, and at Gitty Up N Go #7 on Hwy. 55 in Andalusia from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, March 30.

Fore said Catrett has a great attitude.

“He actually went on a cross-country ride on his bike after radiation, when he beat cancer before,” she said. “He is an avid motorcycle rider.”

When he learned he had a reoccurrence and was facing chemo again, he and some friends took a ride to Daytona.

“He knew he wouldn’t be able to ride after his treatments started,” Fore said. “He has been so humbled by the response to our efforts, but it has lifted his spirits so much. So many people are really excited to be able to help.”

His friends and family also are planning a poker run to benefit him on June 1, and a GoFundMe account has been set up  under “Benefit for Travis Catrett.”

An account also has been set up in his name at Regions Bank.