Battle Creek woman hopes her story will help save lives
Updated: Sunday, April 7 2013, 09:58 AM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Battle Creek woman battling skin cancer hopes her story will help save the lives of others.
Sara Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Stage Four Melanoma in February and had a golf-ball sized tumor removed from behind her eye.
Even in the thick of her fight with cancer, she wants to reach out to others.
Sara says that’s because when people think of skin cancer, they tend to think only about sunburns and moles.
But for her it didn't happen that way.
She discovered her cancer because of a head ache that would not go away.
It's become her goal to educate people on their health and the many symptoms of cancer.
Her positive attitude is now inspiring her co-workers at a local casino to host a benefit in her honor Sunday evening.
The Fitzgeralds have insurance but Sara's out-of-pocket expenses for treatment have already added up to more than 15-thousand dollars.
“Who doesn’t want to help someone in that situation? Everyone understands the devastation cancer causes,” says co-worker Danni Oswald.
Sara’s husband Earl is amazed at the support they have received from friends and family since Sara’s diagnosis.
“This benefit and everything everybody’s been doing is just a godsend,” Earl says. “It’s a miracle and I’ll never be able to thank everybody enough.”
Sara adds, “It makes me want to cry on the inside and the outside because I always treat people the way they should be treated and to see it come full circle for me makes me very happy.”
The benefit for Sara Fitzgerald will be held at Marshall Lanes in Marshall from 4-9pm on Sunday.
There will be open bowling and scotch doubles along with a bake sale and raffle.
There is also a donation jar located at the Fazoli’s in Battle Creek this week.
For more information on the benefit, visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/149423088555130/