STOCKTON - Cancer leaves its mark on many families. The Skinner Family is gathering together to invite the community to help Darleen Skinner offset the costs of treatment for brain cancer at a benefit Saturday.
Darleen (Smoczyski) Skinner has lived in the Dunkirk and Fredonia area her entire life. She was married to George Skinner for 45 years before he passed away, and they have four children.
She is known in the area for frequenting bingo at St. Joseph's in Fredonia and being a family oriented person.
Darleen Skinner was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Her family is holding a benefit Satur-day to offset medical ex-penses.
"Before she was sick, Mom was always a family-first type person. She was there for the births of all nine of her grandchildren and all six of her great grandchildren," her daughter, Betty Jo, said.
For Darleen, her experience with cancer has been short and difficult. She was diagnosed on May 27 with grade four glioblastoma, a highly aggressive brain cancer. Within two weeks she had a brain biopsy and two brain surgeries. She spent four weeks recovering in a Buffalo hospital.
However, Darleen's treatment is not yet over. She will need to make trips to Buffalo for chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
In this short time her medical expenses have risen and other needs to make her safe and comfortable at home have come up.
In order to offset these costs, Darleen's family has organized a benefit.
The name of the benefit, Brave the Grey for Darleen Skinner, was developed by Darleen's children Betty Jo and Chris Skinner. The grey ribbon signifies brain cancer awareness.
"As her children, we are aware her time with us is limited and we are truly blessed for what time we have been given. We are trying to do all we can to accommodate her requests, as well as making everything as pleasant and comfortable as possible," Betty Jo said. "Our goal is, with the help of donations of family, friends and the community, we can ensure she gets the very best."
Brave the Grey for Darleen Skinner will be held Saturday starting at 4 p.m. at the Stockton Firemen's Grounds, 4641 Railroad Ave. W. Stockton.
A $10 donation at the door includes music from a DJ and refreshments. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction for many great prizes like an autographed Buffalo Bills #94 Mario Williams jersey, a gas grill, jewelry from Kirk's Jewelers, gift cards and more. Brave the Grey T-shirts can also be purchased.
For more information, contact Betty Jo at 785-4164 or Chris at 672-445.