As many Texoma residents have learned in recent days through news reports in the Herald Democrat and beyond, local resident Emorie Clayton is one tough cookie.


Clayton, the 7-year old daughter of Zac and Jamie Clayton of Collinsville, has been engaged in the fight of her life in recent weeks as she battles problems caused by an E-coli infection that has required several surgeries and extensive medical care in Dallas.


As reported here recently, to help the family offset growing hospital expenses, a “One Tough Cookie” benefit skeet shoot will be held at the Chisum Farm (597 Dixie Road) near Whitesboro beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow on Saturday, Aug. 12.


That skeet shoot will be followed by a Cornhole Tournament at 3 p.m. Afterwards, several bands will be performing live music during the afternoon and early evening hours. All of that will be followed up by a fish fry and barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. and then a live auction at 7 p.m.


In addition to all of the above, several local vendors will be in attendance at the event and there will reportedly be a bounce house for children to play in.


Organizers of the event this weekend posted this message on Facebook several days ago: “Emorie is a still fighting in the Pediatric ICU at Childrens Medical Center in Dallas. She is making great progress, but has a long road ahead. Emorie is a second grader at Tioga Elementary School. She is the daughter of Valley View grad Zac Clayton and Collinsville grad Jamie Melton Clayton. This great family needs our help. We hope you can attend!”


Anyone interested in doing so, or in making a donation to the event, may call Emorie’s uncle, Austin Lewter, at 903-436-8807 or Cara King at 940-391-8999.


Monetary donations can also be made to the “Emorie Clayton Benefit Account” at any Landmark Bank location across Texomaland.


For information about the benefit skeet shoot itself, please contact Matt Chisum at 903-815-8074.