Kris Harvey is battling ovarian cancer, and her friends and family have banded together to help raise funds for medical expenses. Harvey is a 1986 graduate of the Johnsburg Central School in North Creek.
The country-rock band Decadence will be playing a concert at the Wevertown Community Center Saturday, Oct. 26 as part of the spaghetti dinner benefit for Kris Harvey, a 1986 graduate of the Johnsburg Central School.
Harvey has ovarian cancer ... again. While attending Adirondack Community College in Queensbury at the age of 19, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She won that battle and went into remission, but now, at the age of 45, it’s back.
“She was diagnosed in July and started her treatments in August,” said Harvey’s cousin, Vicki Hunter, who is co-organizing the fundraiser with Sally Lawrence, of Wevertown, and Stacia Sheehan-Clamp, of Ballston Spa. Hunter and Harvey are the same age, and both currently live in Greenwich.
Harvey has worked for Tribune Media Services in Glens Falls since she was in her early 20s and is a desktop publisher. She’s single and therefore only has one income to help with the bills.
“When she was diagnosed, the medical bills began pouring in,” Hunter said. “She has insurance, but it doesn’t cover everything, unfortunately. So I said to her, ‘Concentrate on getting well. We’ll all gather together and do what we can do to help.’”
And it’s been a group effort with a team of 20 people helping Hunter with the fundraising efforts, including some of Harvey’s co-workers and relatives. So far, the treatments seem to be working.
“We’re all positive and hopeful,” Hunter said. “We’re just trying to minimize the damage financially once this is over for her.”
For the benefit, people can eat spaghetti, listen to Decadence, and visit with Harvey, who will be the guest of honor.
“It’s a non-treatment week for her, so she will be there and hopefully she will be feeling well,” Hunter said. “It should be a nice show of support for her.”
Decadence is a local country-rock duo — Jennifer Gadway and Katy Cole — and Katy Cole is Sally Lawrence’s daughter. It’s a family affair.
“They generously donated their time,” Hunter said.
The benefit will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Wevertown Community Center. It’s being dubbed as “a gathering of love and support for Kris Harvey.” There will be an on-site raffle of local products and services. People may dine in or take out. Dinner tickets are $10 each and can be purchased ahead of time at the Community Bank in North Creek (251-2441). All proceeds will go toward Harvey’s medical bills and expenses.
For more information, contact Vicki Hunter at 879-8961.