Whether they were dining in or taking out, several members of the community stopped by the Bennie Houston Recreation Center for its annual Soul Food Luncheon, which benefits the center’s programs.

Unlike previous years, half of the proceeds will go to help pay for Yanna Berniard-Miller’s medical expenses from her cancer treatment. Since her father, Draco Miller, has been a big asset for the Friends of the Bennie Houston Recreation Center, the group wanted to help give back.

Although Yanna wasn’t able to come down for the benefit, Draco Miller shared her status with many of the residents.

“She had her third treatment Monday,” Draco Miller said. “Her recent scans show that the lesions on her tumor are shrinking after two treatments. The chemo is doing its job.”

According to Draco Miller, Yanna still has nine more chemotherapy treatments left.

“They are treating her cancer aggressively,” Draco Miller said. “She’s been handling the chemo very well. She’s eating better and her spirits are good.”

Since Yanna was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, residents from Brown County have rallied around her to show their support, either through prayers or monetary donations.

“God bless everybody and thanks,” Draco Miller said. “From the bottom of my heart, I’m just so overwhelmed with all of the support. Brownwood has always taken care of each other, and this community is awesome and truly feels like home. Prayers itself is a cure — thanks, to everybody.”

Several local businesses helped the Friends of the Bennie Houston Recreation Center with the luncheon including Underwood’s Bar-B-Que, Sticks BBQ, Smitty’s BBQ, Chicken Express, Brookshire’s, New Testament Holiness Church, Big Country Ford, CMS Health Care, Greater Faith Community Church, Heart of Texas EMS and Brownwood Janitorial.

Donations can also be made to an account set up for Yanna Berniard-Miller at Cen-Tex Manufacturing Credit Union located at 4501 Hwy 377 South in Brownwood.