Coudersport resident Carolyn Berfield was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in 2010. She's gone through multiple surgeries to remove parts of her colon and lungs, after the cancer spread and was upgraded to Stage 4 in 2012.She was going for chemotherapy off and on since her diagnosis, but is no longer able to continue the treatment.
Family friend Cynthia Kelly, who organized the benefit, said a medication recommended by her doctor is not covered by Medicare, and costs around $2,000 per month.
Carolyn was interviewed by the Potter Leader-Enterprise in 2015 about her journey with cancer. That was right after her husband, Allen, was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a severe neurodegenerative genetic disease.
She said, "I believe I’m still alive because I need to be here to take care of him. If it wasn’t for my husband and children, I couldn’t do it. They’re the ones who inspire me everyday to live.”
The benefit for Carolyn is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $10 and children 6 and under are $5.