Cancer Ties is kicking off yet another event to raise funds, awareness and help support Albany’s local cancer patients with a lively evening of fun, food, dancing and silent auction. This year’s beneficiary is Sabrina Powell.
Powell’s original involvement with cancer was as an employee with the American Cancer Society but her journey quickly became more personal nine years ago. She was 37 years old with a 6-year-old son starting the first grade when she received the diagnosis of breast cancer. She endured three surgeries and 16 rounds of chemotherapy over six months, and also seed radiation therapy at the University of Wisconsin.
Six years and two weeks later, on Sept. 15, 2006, the dreaded words of cancer fell upon her again. However, this time it was not located in her breast. Her cancer had metastasized. She had a silver dollar sized tumor on her lung, a spot on her spine that also had a hole in it, and three places the size of watermelon seeds in her brain.
This second time, around she endured 26 rounds of chemo, brain and spine radiation and a total hysterectomy to rid her body of all hormones, which caused the cancer to grow.
The most unfortunate third time around, Jan. 6, 2009, she relapsed again. A scan found several spots that show increased activity consistent with cancer, according to lab reports. These spots were found in lymph nodes on both sides of her neck, under her left arm, in her lower back and liver. She is now undergoing chemotherapy again.
This third annual Cancer Ties event will be held Sept. 17 at Doublegate Country Club. All proceeds will go toward Powell’s medical bills. Tickets are $20 and include and evening of appetizers, cash bar, and silent auction.
Don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes as Discount Superstar will rock the house with some high energy favorites. Dress is casual, but the event committee encourages everyone to wear their wild and wackiest tie to symbolize your personal tie to cancer that may include a spouse, family member, friend, co-worker, etc. A little hint of inspiration: the past two events have really brought out some original “tie” fashion.
For more information, call Allison Salter at 886-5881 or Amanda Casey at 343-5080. They also can be found on Facebook for history, information and pictures from the two previous years.
Written by Kristen Taylor.