A Roscoe teen, battling leukemia for the last two years, gets a little help from the community. Her family members are a little overwhelmed, and surprised.
Amanda Babyar was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011, just as she was getting ready to graduate from Hononegah High School. She adopted the phrase 'Fight 2 B A Winner' as she began chemotherapy.
"But then my kidneys went into kidney failure in the beginning of January, so I haven't had any chemo for all of January and so far in February, but hopefully in a week or two I'll go in for my bone marrow transplant and then it's just a ton of chemo and radiation and stuff," says Amanda.
Her cancer has altered her chromosomes, Which makes treatment more complicated, and more expensive.
Amanda's mom Penny Cure says their family has insurance, but it doesn't cover all their expenses. "Until she gets her transplant, we go up to the hospital at least weekly sometimes even more, sometimes it'll be a couple of days in a row. so there's gas expenses, and then plus the fact of all her different medications. "
To offset costs, friends of the family and the Rockton Police Department are putting on a fundraiser.
"They were generous enough to put the whole thing together. And then 'Hey we're gonna have a fundraiser for you' so it's a zumba fundraiser, I think they got instructors from Peak to come and do it, and come and teach," says Amanda.
If zumba isn't your cup of tea, a bake sale and silent auction will also keep attendees busy.
Penny says, "It's such a big help that I don't need to stress, to worry 'well are we gonna buy some groceries for the family this week, or you know should I buy Amanda her medicine?"
The fundraiser runs from 7:00 to 9:00 this evening at Hononegah High School. Tickets are $10 at the door, and all proceeds go to Amanda's medical fund.