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      JUCFest honors local man's dying wish

      The family and friends of a Tri-State man who lost his fight with cancer are remembering him with efforts to help others.

      This weekend is the first ever JUCFest at the Adams County Fairgrounds. It's in remembrance of Robby Frazier who died in 2010. Now a party in his honor will help local students for decades.

      23-year-old Robby Frazier was a straight A pharmacy student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville when he got the news no young person ever expects to hear.

      "His appendix ruptured and they learned it was a full of cancer," Robby Frazier's Mother Diane Frazier said.

      His mother Diane Frazier says though he went through several years of chemotherapy - never losing his smile and his constant jokes. All the while he held onto his dream of finishing his degree. He never got that chance. Robbie lost his battle with the disease in 2010.

      Shortly after is death, his parents set up a scholarship fund in his name at Unity High School in Mendon. The fund awards thousand dollar scholarships to students every year based on an essay contest.

      But this year Robby's life-long friends came up with the idea of JUC Fest ... a party the day after what would have been his 27th birthday. It's all to honor Robby that would also raise money for the scholarship program.

      "These guys stuck with him through everything through thick and thin and laughter and the tears. It's incredible the love and support they've shown him and it hasn't quit," Frazier said.

      JUC was Robby's nickname and besides his love of horses and local racing - he loved to have fun with his friends.

      They say in part this party fulfills his dying wish.

      "The last thing he ever said to me was mom you and dad go and have fun. He wanted that for everyone. He didn't want everyone to sit around and cry," Frazier said. "He wanted people to have fun. That's what makes JUC fest so cool. It's a time to remember Robby and honor him and raise money so kids can go to school and do things they've never done before."

      JUCFest is this Saturday, May 5th at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The event begins at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight.

      The cost is $25 a couple, featuring bands, food, drinks and entertainment.