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Longtime good Samaritan now in need of support

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JOELTON, TN (WSMV) -

A Joelton man who quietly made a difference for others all his life now needs the community's support in a big way.

John Cain, 63, is a Mason, Shriner and businessman who couldn't say no to any child in need, but now it's his turn.

Cain needs a $100,000 bone marrow transplant, and his friends and family have vowed to raise the money.

Sling Shots Sports Bar in Madison is much more than a place to get a cold beverage. It is a place where people truly care. Co-owner Michelle Southerland is now using the business to help raise money for Cain.

"He needs help. He really needs help. He's got so much going on right now, needing to have stints taken out and other stints put back in. And he needs the bone marrow transplant," Southerland said. "Their funds are just depleted. They do so much, and they are just depleted."

Southerland's bar has already helped raise $33,000, but the operation costs $100,000. Covering what is left will be a daunting task, but it's worth it for a man who gave away that much or more during his generous 63 years.

If a Little League team ever needed a sponsor, Cain always said, "yes." A sick child needed help? Cain would be there. And at one point, he even made sure all of his carpet sales employees were insured without leaving anything for himself.

"What comes around goes around, and he's given so much. It's just time for everyone else to give back," Southerland said.

Cain wanted to speak with Channel 4 News on camera for this story and thank everyone for their help, but he has just finished his sixth round of chemotherapy and is too weak.

If you want to help, Saturday will be John Cain Day, complete with a pancake breakfast and bike ride to raise funds for Cain's operation. For details, call Sling Shots at 615-860-6909.

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