Cancer does not discriminate - it can get anyone, - young and old alike.
Mikey Edwards is a 26-year-old city of Dunkirk resident whom cancer has affected; he is battling Stage 4 colon cancer. Part of the treatment includes traveling for bi-weekly treatments that include a sometimes four-hour intravenous chemo treatment, along with two more continuous days of IVs with the use of a fanny pack.
Edwards was diagnosed with the disease around Memorial Day. He has contended with ulcerative colitis since he was 16 and undergoes an annual colonoscopy. It was during that annual colonoscopy the cancer was discovered.
"They found a decent-sized polyp and I ended up having surgery. They removed 10 inches of my colon. I don't know how big the polyp was but when they biopsied it during the colonoscopy it came back negative," Edwards ex-plained.
"They had to remove it and when they did they did a pathology report and then that's when it came back positive that it was cancerous. Then I got a PET scan done and that's when they found out it was also in my liver."
As for the treatments, Edwards said he had his fifth one last week, the next bi-weekly treatment will mark the halfway point. While colon cancer doesn't usually hit such a young person, Edwards remains upbeat, with good reports from the doctor.
Mikey Edwards fundraiser
Who: Fundraiser for cancer victim Mikey Edwards
What: Amazing Bar Crawl Race, sausage and corn bake
When: Sunday - Amazing Bar Crawl Race signup begins 11 a.m.
Where: Dunkirk Exempts Firemen's Club, Central Avenue
"I have a positive attitude about it and they say that's number one," he added. "The symptoms, they suck, but it's better than the worst outcome. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. One day you're fine and the next day it feels like you got hit by a bus."
A fundraiser will be held Sunday for the cancer victim, with event headquarters at the Dunkirk Exempts Firemen's Club on Central Avenue.
Edwards is grateful for the community's support.
"It's remarkable the amount of people that have donated, volunteered time, and all that stuff. I'm speechless really about the amount of people that have actually done stuff for this," he stated, adding he plans on attending as he is in between treatments.
A full-time employee at the Lily Dale Assembly, Edwards is the son of city of Dunkirk firefighter Mike Edwards Jr. and Sheila Edwards Mcwillson.
The fundraiser will include a sausage and corn bake, along with a contest, the Amazing Bar Crawl Race.
The Amazing Bar Crawl Race will be held from noon to 2 p.m with registration beginning at 11 a.m. at the Exempts Club. Teams may consist of up to four members at $20 per member, which includes a meal after the event.
The event will consist of visiting seven bars/clubs to answer a trivia question or riddle about the establishment being visited. Correct answers are worth 250 points and bonus points will be awarded for each team member who has a beverage at each place. Bonus points will also be awarded for arriving back at the Exempts Club prior to 2 p.m. First place, sponsored by Shults Resale Dunkirk, is $300; second place, sponsored by Custom Recycling, is $200; third place, sponsored by Ehrheart Collision, is $100.
In addition, trophies for all three places, sponsored by the Dunkirk Fire Department and the Exempts, will be awarded.
Joining the Exempts Club in the Amazing Bar Crawl Race will be American Legion Post 62, The Fillmore, Bart's Cove, Spike Dailey's, The Clarion Hotel and Rookies on the Lake. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
Tickets for the sausage and corn bake will be available at the Exempts, Post 62 and from family and friends of Mikey for $10. Any business or organization willing to donate a basket for the Chinese auction or a prize for the Crawl or hose races is asked to contact Tracy at 679-5634.
Donations can be made payable to: "Benefit for Mikey Edwards," c/o Community Bank N.A., 345 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048.