Pasta Dinner Benefit Planned For Colorectal Cancer Patient
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:Clarks Summit stay-at-home mom Amy Lea Brown loves gardening; supporting her kids via the Parent Teacher Organization at Newton Ransom Elementary School; and crocheting blankets, hats and scarves for others. While she enjoys occasional girls’ nights out, Brown dedicates most of her time to being with her family, which includes spouse Jerry; children Shane, 7, and Reagan, 21, and her husband, Austin; plus stepchildren Paige, 21, and Jacob, 23. The day after Brown’s 40th birthday in January, she was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer. As she stares down an aggressive treatment plan that includes six weeks of continuous radiation plus two rounds of 96-hour chemotherapy, those closest to her have described her as the strongest woman they know.
What: Ongoing donations are being accepted via GoFundMe.com or at 2539 Bald Mountain Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, payable to Amy Brown, Reagan Gilman or Jerry Brown. Supporters also have organized a pasta dinner benefit, which will include homemade meatballs, salad, bread and dessert for $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 5. The event also will feature basket raffles and a gift card pull. Tickets are available by contacting the co-hosts on the event’s Facebook page; texting or calling Kristen at 440-823-9429; by stopping in at Ayers’ Country Market, 1811 Red Barn Village Road, Clarks Summit; or by purchasing at the door.
When:Saturday, April 13, 4 p.m. until sold out
Where:Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Company, 1890 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit
Why: Proceeds will be used to cover Brown’s care and medical bills while she continues to seek treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, through April 26, which will be followed by a six-week stay at AstraZeneca Hope Lodge near Philadelphia.
In her own words:“Knowing that the community stands behind me, or anyone going through this type of hardship, evokes a real sense of greatfulness. I have felt that since the day I had to tell the closest of my relatives and friends that I was diagnosed with cancer. Saying ‘thank you’ doesn’t begin to show how appreciative my family and I are for how the community rallies together with their support and comfort.” — Amy Lea Brown
Update: The community came out to support a pasta dinner held Sunday in honor of two-year-old Ben McGuigan of Jessup, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as detailed in last week’s column. His family is still accepting donations via Venmo (search @Support_for_Ben), GoFundMe.com and a savings account at CMC-FCPI Employees Federal Credit Union, 415 Colfax Ave., Scranton. Or, visit battlewithbenji.com to buy bracelets for $5 and keychains for $7, with 100% of proceeds going to the McGuigans.