SILVER CREEK - Bad news can happen to anyone. Last year, Silver Creek resident Vickie Lisk had arm pain after a knee replacement surgery. A routine x-ray revealed a lesion and led to her being diagnosed with cancer.
In July 2012, Lisk was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a hematologic cancer which affects the blood and bone marrow. Multiple Myeloma is a non-curable cancer which destroys the bone from the inside out. This type of cancer can be managed with daily chemotherapy, which can increase the life expectancy of some individuals for 3 to 5 years.
To help defray he cost of her treatments, friends and family will hold a benefit on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Silver Creek Firemen's Club on Jackson Street.
A benefit will be held Saturday to help offset the cost of cancer treatments for Silver Creek resident Vickie Lisk.
There will be a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and silent auction of autographed sports equipment and baskets. Former Buffalo Bill Joe Delamielleure donated an autograph football and is planning to attend the event.
There will be music by DJ Clay Moden from WYRK 106.5 radio and food provided by Chef's Restaurant as well as snacks and pop.
Vickie worked as a special events coordinator for many years. During that time she planned events which helped raise funds for individuals with disabilities, family members, friends and co-workers who were affected by illness, fire or loss of a loved one.
Vickie's friend, Karen Breznak, described Vickie as very giving person.
"I have known Vickie for 7 years. We worked together at Lake Shore Hospital and I got to know her more in the community. ... Whenever anyone was organizing a benefit or a fundraiser, Vickie was he one asking 'What can I do? What do you need?' She is a very caring and giving person," Breznak said.
Now Lisk needs the community's help. With no private health insurance, a financial burden has been created for vickie due to rising medical costs associated with her diagnosis and recent stem cell transplant. With the help of the community she will be able to continue her daily chemo treatments and rejection medications without financial worry.
"Her treatment is very costly and she has not been able to work because she has been ill. She is such a supportive person and now she needs our help. To see this diagnosis is heartbreaking. She is dealing with this illness but she should not have to deal with the financial burden too," Breznak added.
Benefit tickets are $20 and are available at the door or before Oct. 12 at the Silver Creek Firemen's Club, SUNY Fredonia Credit Union and Tom's Restaurant.
Donations of gift baskets, gift certificates, baked goods or cash donations are also being accepted. Monetary donations and gift certificates can be mailed to "Falling for Vickie" Benefit, PO Box 222, Silver Creek, NY 14136. Donations will also be accepted by mail after the benefit on Oct. 12.
Contact Karen Breznak at 640-2582, Layna Pelleter at 597-6522 or email FallingforVickie@yahoo.com with questions or to make other donations. More information can also be found at www.facebook.com/vickie.lisk.7.