Toss Like A Boss Cornhole Tournament For Debbie Fisher
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Debbie Ann Fisher has always put others before herself, from her three children and seven grandchildren to anyone else she can lend a helping hand to. But since the 58-year-old Jessup resident was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in 2014, she has needed support as she’s endured 72 rounds of chemotherapy and three surgeries. After all that chemotherapy, Fisher’s body no longer tolerated the treatment, and she turned to radiation and medications to no avail. Her cancer continues to grow and has reached her lungs and liver, making alternative options a must. Even in dire times, her family noted, the loving “amma” (grandma) remains devoted to taking care of her loved ones.
What: Donations payable to Debbie Fisher may be sent to 1104 Marion St., Peckville, PA 18452. Supporters also have organized the Toss Like a Boss Cornhole Tournament for Debbie Fisher, a double-elimination bracket for which registration costs $30 in advance and $40 the day of the event per adult team, and $10 for the kids’ bracket. The family-friendly event will include cash prizes, basket raffles, music, food and face-painting and is BYOB. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: A.C. Field, 183 Harrison St., Archbald
Why: Proceeds will alleviate the financial burden of Fisher’s extended stays and travel to and from Baltimore, where she will join a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In his own words: “This would mean the world to my mother. She is the definition of community support. She is a fighter, and with the help of others, it would certainly give her joy, and most importantly, give her the added strength needed to keep pushing on.” — Sean Fisher, son
Update: More than 100 supporters came out to a benefit concert on Saturday for local musician and father of three Anthony Turco, who was badly injured in an accident with a truck. Turco’s fiance, Misty Baker, and their kids attended the show, which featured numerous bands, and Turco himself was able to join via videochat throughout the day. The Clarks Summit resident is improving with intense rehabilitation and is due to return home this week, Baker said. He even hopes to attend the next benefit show, set for Friday, Oct. 12, at The Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton.