On Sunday, March 28, a fundraiser will be held at Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Boulevard, to help provide support and assistance for Teresa Branch, who is currently fighting lung cancer.
Always willing to help out those around her in need, particularly children, people close to Branch have been doing all they can to help her. “Since she was there for so many people, they want to be there for her,” said Shemika Bennett, one of the event’s organizers.
The former Childcare Solutions inspector was diagnosed with Small Cell Carcinoma Lung Cancer, a particularly aggressive type, in July of 2009. Since then, she has undergone chemotherapy, seven weeks of radiation and is preparing to undergo preventative brain radiation, Bennett noted.
Despite the difficulties of the last half year, Branch has dealt with things well. “She has very good spirits and a lot of support, and that’s how she’s getting through this,” Bennett said.
Family and friends know that Branch will hold her head up throughout the experience, but they still want to help in anyway they can.
“Teresa is a beautiful lady who carries her heart on her shoulders,” said Shila Douglas. “She is a caring and independent mother who puts her family first and thrives through life with ambition, integrity and self-reliance.”
The fundraiser will consist of raffles, auctions, along with food and entertainment. Advanced tickets are available for $15, and tickets at the door for $20.
Those who would like to make contributions can mail them to: Ms. Teresa Branch, PO Box 43, Camillus, New York 13031.
For more information, contact Shemika or Shila at (315) 706-5423.