As a way to show both support and appreciation to Mary Thomas in her battle with cancer, the Waxahachie Optimist Club will hold “Mary’s Day” at the pool from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 25.

It’s also Mary’s 55th birthday.

The Optimist Club is donating all proceeds from admissions that day to Mary and her family. They have also set up a collection jar at the concession stand and will be accepting donations throughout the season.

“Our goal is to raise enough money to at least replace her loss of income that she would have earned managing the pool this summer,” said David Hudgins, who serves on the Waxahachie Optimist Club board. “I know they could use help with medical expenses. We just want to do whatever we can to help out. She has done so much for our organization and for this community. She has always been there for us. Now its our turn to be there for her.”

In addition to admission proceeds, the Optimists will also hold a food drive to help stock the Thomas’ pantry as Mary still has nearly two months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments ahead. Food donations may be dropped off at the Optimist Pool, 219 Patrick St. Dale, Jessica, Jeremy and Jenna said that Mary will be at the pool on Thursday, and will stay as long as she feels able.