Norma Groom, from Hamlet, and a friend are helping Groom’s sister fight breast cancer by holding a fundraiser on Feb. 1 at the Rockingham Moose Lodge from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.
Patsy Quick, who is from Hamlet and now lives in Bennettsville S.C., was diagnosed on Dec. 27 with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) with microinvasion.
John McDonald, a member of the moose lodge and friend of Groom, holds First Friday Shag and Line Dance on the first Friday of every month and is giving the proceeds of this dance to Quick. There is a cover charge of $5 and gifts from local merchants will be raffled off. The music will come from John Smith, a DJ out of Andrews, S.C.
The Rockingham Moose Lodge is located at 128 Crow Run in Rockingham.
Quick, who has no health insurance, is already seeing hospital bills pile up. Before being officially diagnosed, she had to undergo a breast biopsy which she said cost about $4,000.
She has no health insurance because she lost her job with FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital after she broke her back, ribs and got a concussion in an A.T.V. accident two years ago. She said that COBRA, or the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, is too expensive. COBRA gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Quick, who had a lumpectomy to remove a portion of the breast tissue, will learn if she needs additional treatments. She said she has a 50 percent chance of having to undergo chemotherapy, but she will need radiation regardless of whether she needs chemotherapy.
She will have to go to radiation five days a week for six weeks and will travel to the Scotland Cancer Treatment Center in Laurinburg for treatment.
Norma Groom said that Quick and her husband, Rickey Quick, have always helped other people in times of need and “good karma comes back.”
“It’s a blessing. I really appreciate it,” Quick said.
Ductal Carcinoma is the most common form of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
According to the Mayo Clinic, ductal carcinoma in situ with microinvasion is one type of noninvasive breast cancer. In situ breast cancer refers to cancer in which the cells have remained in their place of origin.
DCIS has increased tremendously in recent decades and now accounts for approximately 20 percent of breast cancers, according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.