Community Gathers for Prayer Ride to Support Oxford Man Courageously Battling Cancer

Image via the Chester County Press.

Members of the Oxford community recently gathered to support and honor one of its own with a prayer parade, writes Steven Hoffman for the Chester County Press.

More than 100 vehicles rode together for Barry Hostetter, a well-liked resident who is courageously battling cancer. For 75 minutes, a seemingly endless parade of vehicles – including milk trucks and tractors – drove along the country road in front of the Hostetters’ residence.

Dozens of people also gathered on the side of the road to wave at the passing vehicles and show their love and support for Hostetter.

The parade featured hand-written signs with messages offering encouragement to the Hostetter family.

According to Buzz Tyson, executive director of the Lighthouse Youth Center, it only took five days to organize the parade. The organizers had just expected a few cars and maybe a grain truck, but they got much more.

“I knew he had a lot of friends,” said Tyson, “but when we started planning this, I realized just how many friends Barry has.”

Read more about the prayer ride in the Chester County Press here.

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