A Valdese resident and McDowell business owner wants to sell a camper he was given and use the money to help sick children.

Chester Cutshall, owner of Lake James Forest RV Park, said the owners of a 35-foot, 1998 Teton Homes fifth wheel didn’t want the mobile home anymore.

“I told them I would take it and give it to Jude,” said Cutshall.

He wants to sell the RV to the highest bidder and give all of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Founded in 1962, the Memphis, Tennessee-based hospital is focused on children's catastrophic diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers.

“I look at those little kids on television and it gets to you, you know,” he said.

The camper is currently set up in the park with a roof overhang, two porches, steps and storage building. Cutshall has all of the paperwork on the RV. He wants to start the bidding at $9,000.

“It has a really nice leather couch and chairs inside. It’s a nice unit,” said Cutshall. “It has a nice refrigerator, table and chairs, gas logs, bedroom, microwave, stove. It was a top of the line unit at that time.”

It also has a bedroom, bathroom, shower and other amenities. The unit can stay in the park, or be moved, Cutshall said. Lake James RV Forest Park offers free sewer and water, a swimming pool and lake access. Lot rents are $160 a month.

Cutshall, who is only a few days away from turning 90, served in Korea with the U.S. Army in the 1st Calvary 7th Regiment. He said he doesn’t want any credit for the donation.

“I just want to do something for the kids,” he said. “That’s all I care about.”

To make an offer on the camper, call Marsha at 828-432-6946 or go check it out at Lake James Forest RV Park at 2 Timberbrook Run Drive in Marion.

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