Loudon drive-in diner supports employee battling cancer

LOUDON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A longtime employee of Carl's Drive-In fell and fractured her wrist last month. It was a fall that she said may have saved her life.

Becky Farmer has been working as a car hop at Carl's Drive-In for 20 years. Owner Dottie White said customers will come by just to say hi to Becky.

"Everybody loves Beck; she's just as sweet as she can be," said Whited. "When Carl hired her, she was 40. He told her, 'well now, I don't know if you can do this, but I'm going to give you a shot.' She came back here and said, 'I showed him, didn't I?"

Farmer said last March she was working and tripped on the sidewalk just outside the building, fracturing her wrist and hurting her shoulder.

Soon after that, she had an MRI. It revealed she had stage 2 breast cancer.

"It's just like a roller coaster, and I haven't had a chance to get off of it," said Farmer.

On Monday, all the employees held a 'pink out' at the restaurant in honor of Becky. The restaurant is selling pink t-shirts and taking up donations to help Becky pay for medical expenses.

"It just really warmed my heart that they cared enough about me, and with the Lord's help, we will go down this journey with a lot of other women," said Farmer.

Becky said she hopes other women will have regular check ups for breast cancer because early detection leads to a better chance of surviving.

"You just have to try and keep on and do what you can and just ask the Lord to give me strength to carry on each day," said Farmer.

Anyone wishing to help Becky with her medical costs can stop by Carl's Drive-In at 1254 E Lee Hwy, Loudon, TN 37774.