SUNNYSIDE, Wash. – A local family who lost several family members to cancer wanted to help others battling this disease.
That’s when a group of about 10 women got together and started the Wings of Love fund. They sell flowers and host fundraisers to raise money for cancer patients.
Director of Astria Health Foundation Nancy Leahy is a Wings of Love member and said fighting cancer is hard enough on someone, they shouldn’t have to worry about anything else.
“There are needs that go with the illness and the miles driven is the biggest,” Leahy said. “A card to help with gasoline but we’ve also helped with electrical payments because sometimes equipment in the home will be consuming more electricity than normal.”
Leahy said they also help pay for medications, nutrition or whatever the patient might need. She said the biggest thing they can offer is their support.
Jodi Kinsey is a breast cancer patient who said she wouldn’t be able to get through this journey without the support of her family and these women.
“All of us just live our lives, our days and here and there you’ll hear so and so has cancer and you think that’s terrible and you believe that that’s terrible,” Kinsey said “Then when it happens to you it’s amazing how many people around you come out to support you.”
Kinsey was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer last year. She said she always got mammograms and did self breast exams, but it still happened to her.
Now she wants to tell other women to not be afraid to talk to their doctors.
“If you think well this can’t be cancer because this is big I’ll just wait for my yearly check up with my gynecologist,” she said. “Yeah no, it doesn’t have to be a pea size or grape size and literally mine pretty much came over night.”
Astria Health says one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.
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