by Carla Bass
Many of you know Lisa Fyffe. Her family has run the antique store on Walnut Street for many years and her dad was everyone’s “CocaCola Man”. Lisa ran a bed and breakfast
reservation service and also helped with many of the businesses and B&B’s in town. Lisa has helped others, and now she needs our help.
In January of 2016, Lisa was diagnosed with Adrenocortical Carcinoma, Stage IV. Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the outer layer of the adrenal gland. There are two adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are small and shaped like a triangle. One adrenal gland sits on top of each kidney. Each adrenal gland has two parts. Having certain genetic conditions increases the risk of adrenocortical carcinoma. Symptoms of pain in the abdomen are included as symptons. Imaging studies and tests that examine the blood, and urine are used to detect and diagnose adrenocortical carcinoma.
Certain factors affect the prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. Having certain genetic conditions increases the risk of adrenocortical carcinoma. Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer; not having risk factors doesn’t mean that you will not get cancer. Risk factors for this type of cancer include having the following hereditary diseases: Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, or Carney complex.
Lisa stated, “By the grace of God and the generosity of some individual donors, my last three rounds of chemotherapy have been paid for. I was designated by Social Security to be completely disabled, but on the other hand, they say I’m too young for Medicare. For me to be able to get any type of insurance is beyond impossible.”
It is friends and family now who have organized the benefit for Lisa, which will be held on Nov. 5th, at the Fireman’s Hall across from the Visitors & Transportation Center on Austin Street. Chopped beef sandwich lunches will be served along with potato salad, beans, pickles, onions, dessert and tea…all for $9. Take-outs are available. There will be a raffle with great prizes, and a bake sale with homemade baked goods. Hostesses are Jane Morris Laster, Jodi Hellie Breckenridge, and Laura Fyffe Robinson.
All the money raised will go towards Lisa’s medical treatment, testing, and travel expenses as she has no insurance to help cover the costs. Please call 430-342-7362 for tickets or additional information.
An account has been set up at Citizens National Bank where donations can be made to the Lisa Fyffe Cancer Fund, Account #1051707841, P.O. Box 1077, Jefferson, 75657.
In Lisa’s own words, “Thank you and God bless!”
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