Amanda’s Adventure To Help Single Mom Fighting Thyroid Cancer
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: Amanda Snyder Kelley stays busy between working two jobs — one as a full-time arrival and departure clerk for FedEx, and the other as a part-time waitress at Texas Roadhouse — and supporting her daughters, Adalina, 6, and Aylabella, 5, in all their activities, such as gymnastics, biking, camping and going on “adventures” together, even if it’s just a walk down the street. The 31-year-old Eynon resident is a devoted and hard-working single mother who is passionate about furthering her career and being a good friend and neighbor; now, she is relying on the kindness of others to support her during a time of poor health. During a follow-up exam from a previous surgery, Kelley’s family doctor found lumps in her neck; an ultrasound revealed five nodules, some as big as 29 millimeters. A biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer, leading to surgery in January that showed the cancer was spreading in Kelley’s neck more than doctors initially realized, even wrapping around her vocal chords. Complications forced her to remain at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center longer than expected, and Kelley went on to complete radiation in February. For now, Kelley continues with physical therapy and carefully manages her thyroid and calcium levels as she also remains strong for the little girls who depend on her.
What: Donations can be made online at GoFundMe.com or sent to Honesdale National Bank, 202 Betty St., Archbald, PA 18403, payable to Amanda’s Adventure. Supporters have organized a benefit by the same name that includes drinks (beer, soda and water), food (pizza, hoagies, wings and pasta) and entertainment with each wristband bought for $10 in advance at the venue or $12 at the door. It also will include a raffle with big-ticket items such as a TV, kid’s bike, Coach purse, grill, fire pit and Yeti Cooler, plus a smaller basket raffle.
When: Saturday, May 18, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: VFW Post 7963, 284 Main St., Eynon
Why: Proceeds will help offset major medical expenses.
In her own words: “I’ve always lived by the motto ‘I got this’; however, I believe it needs to be changed to ‘We got this,’ because I was never alone on my adventure, and I would not have made it through without all of the amazing people by my side.” — Amanda Snyder Kelley
Update: Justin Schantz, a Greentown resident who was studying to become a teacher at Misericordia University before a catastrophic car crash left him covered in severe burns and caused his legs to be amputated, continues to need community support as he fights to recover. Donations, prayer cards and anything positive for Schantz can be sent in care of his father, Roy Schantz, to 110 Grasshopper Lane, Greentown, PA 18426. Online contributions can be made at GoFundMe.com.