When I think about it, cancer has been around me almost all my life. But it wasn't until recent years that it really hit home: my father-in-law had lung cancer and a childhood friend had a malignant brain tumor removed (his blog Thinking Clearly is a must read). And then in the space of a week this winter, a good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, a college roommate's dad died of pancreatic cancer and a local mom was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.
The news about the last person, the mom -- her name is Jessica Range -- hit a little harder because our kids are the same ages and have been in day care, school and sports together. They have attended each others birthday parties over the years.
Jessica has not been able to work since her diagnosis last fall. So this weekend, friends and family are gathering from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elizabethtown VFW Post 5667 on Maytown Road for a benefit to help offset expenses of medical bills.
A Facebook group about the benefit has lots of photos of baskets that will be part of a silent auction. In addition, the benefit will feature raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
If you can't make it to the benefit and wish to make a monetary donation it can be made payable to:
Jessica Range Benefit Fund c/o Fulton Bank
1641 S. Market Street
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
For any additional information please contact Tanya Pickel at 717-689-0092 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org