HOPEDALE - This story starts when Lisa Marker of Hopedale, a cancer patient herself, struck up a conversation with a young lady named Becky in a doctor's office. She learned from the young lady that her sister, Kelly Eddy, 34, had a masectomy of the left breast due to invasive metastic breast cancer, stage 3.
Treatment is 20 high doses of radiation with medication to be taken for five years under the close supervision of doctors. But the medical procedures were draining family finances.
Eddy needed a lounge chair to recline in due to drainage tubes needed after the surgery, and the furniture expense could not be squeezed out of the already strained budget, it was noted.
PLANNING SPAGHETTI DINNER — Cylene Wood, left, and Raelyn Marker take notes on how to go about planning the spaghetti dinner cancer benefit for Kelly Eddy to be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richmond United Presbyterian Church. Eddy and Marker became acquainted when purchasing a needed lounge chair for Eddy who needed to be reclining due to drainage tubes because of a double masectomy. -- Esther McCoy
Lisa Marker went back to her Hopedale home and mentioned the need to her husband, Ryan, also a former cancer patient, and her daughter, Raelyn, 19. It was pointed out that the family had a lounge chair and would gladly give it up.
"I had just received my paycheck from J.C. Penney's Salon and thought that a new recliner might be more sanitary despite how clean our chair would be," Raelyn said.
"We took our truck to Big Lots and I purchased a chair from my salary and we called the Eddy family. I can understand them being leery of someone saying they had a lounge chair and wanted to know how to get to their home," she said.
"We met them with their truck at the Huntington Bank in Richmond and the entire family was so amazed that someone they did not know would buy such a needed piece of furniture," Raelyn said.
Raelyn's supervisor at the salon heard about this generous gift and called the main office. The young hair stylist was commended for her efforts and a call was made to the Herald-Star about her thoughtfulness.
Cylene Smith Wood, who had been Raelyn's friend since their 4-H days, knew Eddy from working with her and also was aware of her medical problems.
"Kelly was my rock through the time when my brother, John, was killed in a car accident this past summer," Wood said. "Then when I learned more about her health, I was there for her. I talk to her every day."
Now Wood, Raelyn and Lisa Marker are planning a cancer benefit for their mutual friend at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richmond United Presbyterian Church. All proceeds will go toward medical bills and expenses for the family. The money will be handled through Valley One Community Federal Credit Union.
"The dinner is starting at 4 p.m., with the cost being a donation. And we will hold a silent auction with Ohio State University and Steelers baskets as well as wine baskets; Christmas wreaths; a youth Huffy bicycle; donation from "31" hand bags; Sensi candle warmer; J.C. Penney gift cards; two granite cutting boards from Angelina Stone and Marble and are accepting any gifts that can be donated. I can be reached at (740) 424-8915 or at (740) 543-1149," Wood said.
Marker's numbers are (740) 491-7156 or (740) 946-7435.
They will sell breast cancer pink ribbon cookies, and there will be a 50/50 fundraiser drawing as well.
4-H - with Cylene, 24, being in the New Rumley 4-H Club and Raelyn in the Liberty Trails - has taught them the need to do community projects to help others. These two young ladies said they are trying to make the way easier for Kelly Eddy, who is engaged to be married.