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Friday, September 30, 2016

Benefit For Coudersport Woman Saturday At Coudersport American Legion

A luncheon and basket raffle to benefit a Coudersport woman's cancer treatments is this Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Coudersport American Legion.

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.


Sandy said...

Carolyn or Cynthia,
Contact the company of the medication your/her doctor would like her to try and sometimes they can assist you with getting the medication for free or at a reduced price due to the circumstances
hope all goes well for you and your family

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers for this extraordinary woman and her family!

Anonymous said...

Not to politicize an issue but....This poor family is struggling with medical bills in the richest country in the world. People complain about the ACA (Obamacare) but this is an example of someone suffering because they had the misfortune to have a health problem. They now can't afford a medicine to save their life! That is wrong! Health insurance for all Americans is a RIGHT! Not a privilege!

Anonymous said...

This story and many like it show why this country needs socialized medicine. The amount of money these drug companies are making is ridiculous. We can send Billions of dollars overseas to help other countries, but we refuse to help those here that really need it.

Anonymous said...

I hope they both find the treatment and comfort that is needed. And don't make it political please, Mr. Berfield was employed by the state and likely has good benefits. Ocare or ACA is likely the reason for 2,000 dollar a month cost of medicine. God bless this couple and grant them comfort and healing.