Fundraiser for Pleasant Hills Mom fighting rare cancer
Start Date: Oct 17, 2014
End Date: Oct 17, 2014
Christy Hazaga has been fighting a rare and particularly malicious type of cancer, called Paraganglioma, for more than 7 years now. Her condition is a result of a genetic mutation received from her father, and Christy's sister, Veronica, passed away from the same type of cancer in 2002.
Christy has been receiving treatment at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. She has been through almost a dozen different surgeries, several radiation treatments, and chemotherapy so far. Unfortunately, all of these treatments have not been enough, and while her doctors have been doing a wonderful job trying to help her, they have run out of options here.
Fortunately, Christy has recently been lucky enough to be accepted into an experimental trial in Houston, Texas, at the Excel Diagnostics and Nuclear Oncology Center. It is a promising, novel treatment, and we are very hopeful that it will be successful for her; however, this treatment is very expensive, and insurance will not cover all of the costs. In addition to the costs of the treatment itself, there are also the significant travel expenses. The trial requires 4 separate trips to Texas, each lasting 1-2 weeks, with 4 additional follow-up trips, and costs of flights, lodging, rental cars, etc., that go with it. It is going to be a serious financial burden on her family.
"Christy's Chili Cook-Off" will be held on Friday, October 17th, at 6:00PM at the Buffalo Inn in South Park. Tickets to the benefit will be $25 each, and will include food, beer, and soft drinks. Liquor will be "BYOB" but mixers will be provided for free. There will be the chili cook-off itself, but also raffles, a Chinese auction, door prizes, entertainment and a lot of fun!
Please donate to this wonderful cause and help make it a great success for Christy. She is an amazing daughter, wife, sister, friend, and most importantly, an incredible mother herself. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated, be it gift cards, baskets for the auction, soft drinks, prizes, serving supplies, snacks, or participation in the cook-off!
Additionally, if you have any banners or advertisements for your business, we would be happy to display them at the benefit as a token of our appreciation for your donation.
For more information or to donate, call Debra Mayotte at 412-848-2222.