Daren Coggins, 36, is in a fight for his life. Coggins, the game warden for Lowndes County for 7 years, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer last summer. After surgery and six months of intense chemotherapy, he had a major surgery this past Monday at The Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa. OK. A lifelong resident of Lowndes County and a graduate of New Hope High School, Daren is married with 2 children.
This Saturday, Nov 12, friends and family are hosting a three gun shoot at the Columbus Firing Range to benefit Coggins.
Active, retired, and reserve law enforcement and military are invited to attend. Participants will be shooting pistols, shotguns and rifles. The top shooter of the day will receive a Glock handgun as their prize. Other door prizes include a Ruger pistol, a Remington shotgun, a chain saw and more. There will also be a raffle for a Marlin .270 bolt action rifle. Registration starts at 8 am and the competition begins at 9 am. The entry fee is $30 dollars.
In addition to the competition, several of his friends are jumping in to raise money to help with his medical expenses by holding a raffle for a Browning Maxus 12 gauge shotgun valued at $1600. Tickets are $10 each with the drawing to be held on December 17, 2011. If interested, please mail your check (payable to Daren Coggins) and completed raffle tickets to Marnie Coggins, 41 Derek Drive, Columbus, MS 39702, or tickets are available at Coggins Shoe Shop, 2014 Highway 45 North, Phone 662-327-1123.0