On Friday, Sept. 18, a community fundraiser to assist Linda Stay in her battle with cancer will be held at the DiFiore Center in St. George. Everyone is invited to this “Pink Party with Purpose: A benefit to support Linda Stay.” Organizers promise a dazzling evening on the beautiful grounds of the DiFiore Center while celebrating with friends, listening to amazing music, dancing under the stars, and getting a chance to win spectacular prizes.
The Pink Party with Purpose will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. The event will include the musical entertainment of Soul What!? and Carlie Wall. Admission is $10 per person, although larger donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated. All donations are tax deductible, and all proceeds will directly benefit Linda Stay to assist in the cost of ongoing medical expenses.
Linda Stay was diagnosed in January with an aggressive and invasive form of breast cancer. In March, she underwent a double mastectomy in order to prevent the rapid spread of the cancer. She has been undergoing critical therapies and treatment throughout the year.
Stay’s husband, Steve Stay, stated, “We have exhausted our resources, maxed out our credit cards, borrowed what we can against our vehicles and from high interest lenders. We’ve sold what we can to help take care of her so far.”
Other fundraisers have helped bridge the gap, but the family is still short of their financial goals for treatment.
“As a direct result of previous donations, Linda has been able to get many of the critical items and therapies she has desperately needed,” Steve said. “Even with all we have been able to do on our own, and what we have received from the generosity of family, friends, and the community, we are still $43,726 short. We know there are so many worthwhile places for people to donate their money, and we feel very fortunate to have people share with us in helping Linda receive the treatments and products she needs for the highest likelihood of victory over the cancer.”
It was one month ago that Linda celebrated her last chemo infusion. Unfortunately, this does not mean she has gone through the toughest part of the ordeal. Although the 20+ inches of scars from her double mastectomy are numb and starting to lighten, the aggressive dose dense chemo regiment has left her in almost constant intense pain. Unable to walk without developing blisters on her feet, chronically fatigued, and struggling to find words that previously came so effortlessly are only but a few of the extreme hardships she contends with on a daily basis. She is hopeful most of these issues will improve over time and she can continue to maintain her positive outlook on life.
The biggest and most costly challenge is rebuilding her immune system, along with repairing the organ, teeth, and tissue damage caused by the chemo, drugs, and pain medications. The scariest part for the family and reason they need to stay aggressive with the immune building treatment is Linda’s extremely high recurrence score along with the large percentage of patients that have heart, blood, and liver issues in the years following the chemo treatments she has just completed.
The family knows what they need to do, but in their current financial condition they are having to pass on protocols needed today. It is hoped this fundraiser will assist in being able to have access to some of these needed treatments.
The Pink Party with Purpose benefit for Linda Stay promises to be a great time while supporting a deserving cause. The family invites the community to come be part of the celebration.
An ongoing medical fund donation site has been set up where donations can be made online.