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Price benefit to be held March 23
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:28 PM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – A benefit is being planned and is to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Paulding Eagles.

The benefit is being held for Karen Wiswell Price to assist her with medical expenses as she was recently diagnosed with not only breast cancer, but Stage 4 bone cancer.

Price, who is a dispatcher for the Paulding County Sheriff’s office, went in to the Paulding County Hospital for a routine mammogram in November.

The initial report came back as suspicious and another test was done. It was then confirmed that she indeed had breast cancer. It was believed at that time to be Stage 1.

Not wanting to risk getting cancer anywhere else in her body, she decided to have a radical mastectomy and had both breasts removed. She also had reconstructive surgery done at the same time.

Price left the hospital being told and feeling like she was cancer-free. She returned to her job, which she loves, at the sheriff’s office on Jan. 4.

However, as she was watching TV one night, she reached over to get her remote and felt a sharp pain in her ribs on the left side. It was very painful and she felt that something just wasn’t right.

Her oncologist and surgeon felt there could be something else going on, so it was recommended that she go to Parkview North in Fort Wayne for a bone scan.

That was on Feb. 4 and the results were earth shattering. Price had Stage 4 cancer which had spread via the blood in her bones. This included her spine, skull, mandible, left and right ribcage, pelvis and hip.

Another scan determined that the cancer had not spread to any organs. On Feb. 4, she received two shots, Lupron and Xgeva. These shots are to be given to her once a month.

She also started the medication Tamoxifen. The medications, shots and doctor visits are very expensive and she will be on some of the medicines for at least five years.

In addition, she will have to go in for numerous testings as she combats the cancer.

Karen said, “My partner, David Snyder, my daughter, Rachael, and my family and friends are my support system. I have three sisters, a brother and a stepsister, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

“We have always gotten our family together at my mom’s, Sandra Parrish’s, every Wednesday and Sunday night for years. It is a time we share our thoughts and support, eat and talk. We have done it for years. That special time with family really helps.”

In conclusion Karen said, “I think I may get to go back to work tomorrow. The employees at the sheriff’s office are like a family. I love my job there. I have to stay busy and positive.”

 

Benefit event includes auction, entertainment

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – Plans are underway for a benefit for Karen Wiswell Price.

She was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and the benefit is being held by family and friends to aid in the cost of treatment.

The benefit will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Paulding Eagles, located on West Perry Street.

There will be raffles, a live auction, a 50-50 drawing, T-shirt sales, koozie sales and food and entertainment.

A lottery tree has also been made for Karen and each attendee is asked to bring a lottery ticket to put on the tree.

Nolan Shisler and Jay Dachenhaus will be the auctioneers for the event and Ralph Gonzales will be the DJ.

An account has been set up for Karen’s benefit at any of the First Federal Bank branches for cash donations.

A pool tournament was held at TJ’s and raised $1,500. Richie’s Hair Off the Square raffled a flat iron and raised $582.

For more information or to make a donation, you may contact Kelly Ankney at 419-399-2570; Nancy Hancock at 419-399-4233; Dawn Martinez at 567-344-0724 or Dannette Kochenour at 576-344-0307.

 

 

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