SILVER CREEK - A Silver Creek resident who is always giving back needs the community's support in her fight with cancer.
Joyce Boedo has touched the lives of many people in the area and has always helped others in their time of need. She is known by many as an amazing person who would help anyone who asked no matter how long she has known them.
"She is one of the most amazing people I have ever met," Lisa Logan, Joyce's friend and fund raiser committee member, said. "The other day I was visiting her, and even with everything she is going through, she made a dinner to be sent to a local family who had suffered the death of a loved one. The world doesn't have enough people like her."
Joyce Boedo (right) spends time with her son, Brian, granddaughter Riley (left) and niece Kiele. Joyce Boedo was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma and a fundraiser has been scheduled for Sept. 1.
Her son Brian Boedo agreed she has always been a kind-hearted person.
"She's always been kind-hearted and willing to help anyone who asked for help. That's the reason why we are doing this, so we can help her," he said.
Joyce is the daughter of Jean and the late Donald Dalrymple and Rose (Tom) Greely and the late Arnold Hilliker, all of the Silver Creek/Irving area.
Fundraiser for Joyce Boedo
What: Fundraiser for Joyce Boedo
Why: defer costs of cancer treatments
When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Fireman's Club, Jackson Street Silver Creek
Joyce has three children; Kathy, Michael and Brian, and three grandchildren; Lauren, Charley-Ann and Kiele, and a favorite niece Riley Dalrymple.
Joyce worked at Silver Creek Central School District for 22 years and now works at Just Pets in Irving and as a hair dresser on the side. Joyce is a volunteer for the Silver Creek Festival of Grapes, is an active member of the First United Baptist Church in Silver Creek and loves to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
"She is a hard worker and the times in between all her jobs, she helps her family with anything they need. Her husband, Ed, is on disability from an accident a few years back," Logan added.
A few months ago, Joyce was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
"She was rushed to the hospital when the doctors discovered her kidneys were failing. She was in the hospital for a couple of weeks," Logan said.
As a result Joyce must travel to Hamburg twice a week for dialysis and twice a week to Dunkirk for chemotherapy. Joyce will also have to undergo more treatment including a hospital stay for a stem cell transplant and two months of expensive medication.
Joyce has not been able to work as a result of her extensive medical treatment and hasn't been able to help cover these expenses.
A committee has come together to hold a fund raiser to help defer the cost of Joyce's medical treatments. The fund raiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. to around 9 p.m. at the Silver Creek Fireman's Club on Jackson Street and is open to the public.
There will be food music and raffles throughout the day. Live music by Left of Center will begin around 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Just Pets or at the Door for $15 for adults, $5 for children 5-18 and children under 5 are free.
Donations for the basket raffle are also being accepted at Just Pets. For more information contact Lisa Logan at 560-4393 or Brian Boedo at 560- 5976.