By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
Too many members of Harold Bucher’s family have been affected by cancer, the three-time cancer survivor said.
“Some have won the battle and some have lost,” he said.
Pictures of his late loved ones were displayed at the 14th annual Bucher Family Plant Sale on Friday.
Patrons were asked to write “Relay For Life” on the line of their personal checks as a portion of sales will benefit the American Cancer Society. Cash also is accepted.
The sale will continue Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Harold Richardson Floral Hall at the Madison County Fairgrounds off Irvine Road.
Harold lost both his grandparents, mother, sister, three uncles and three cousins to cancer, he recalled Friday. His cousin, Keith Bucher, lost his father and grandfather as well.
“Our family has been hit extra hard by this disease,” Harold said.
James Bucher, Harold’s brother, was in charge of selling the vegetables.
“By this evening, half of these plants will be sold,” he said. “But, they will all be gone by tomorrow.”
In years past, an extra truckload of plants had to be brought in to meet the demand, he said.
When the plant sale began 14 years ago, it started out small, in a parking lot downtown. In the years that followed, the Buchers moved their growing fundraiser to even bigger parking lots.
The sale got to be so big, the 500-plus square-foot Floral Hall became the sale’s new home four years ago, he said.
So far, the family plant sale has generated more than $120,000 to benefit Relay for Life — $10,000 last year alone, Harold said.
“We all read in the paper and see on the news about people who aren’t doing right,” he said Friday. “But here, at this sale, you will find all the good people.”
Some volunteers scheduled vacation time to help out with the event, Bucher said. Bypass Rentals donated a forklift to use and Marshall’s Landscaping donated most of the proceeds from the sale of trees and shrubs.
James Kaylor, of Waco, said he comes to the Bucher plant sale every year. The two trays of tomato plants he purchased Friday will be his first tomato plants of the season, he said.
“I’m just getting started,” said Kaylor, who grows between 500 and 600 tomato plants a year.
Rebecca Abshire has been volunteering for the sale the past 12 years, she said. She’s a family friend and has been to the funerals of some of the Bucher family pictured in the display.
Although she had no biological family who have been affected by cancer, Abshire said, but she considered the Buchers to be family.
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