Knights of the Night Talent Show will raise money for Malorie Drolette, a 16-year-old girl from Plattsburgh battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
It is amazing how quickly a person’s life can change.
Malorie Drolette’s parents recently brought the 16-year-old girl to the doctor because she seemed to be suffering from a sinus infection.
As the doctor examined the lymph node glands on Malorie’s neck, she noticed a lump.
That lump resulted in a visit to Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, where Malorie was tested and later diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that originates in white blood cells.
Now, about five weeks after the March 11 diagnosis, she and her family are frequently making the trip to Burlington for Malorie’s treatment schedule.
And Seton Catholic High School in Plattsburgh is trying to help Malorie and her family get through it by hosting the Knights of the Night Talent Show on Saturday, April 20.
The show is sponsored by Seton’s student council and music department, and all proceeds from the event will help Malorie’s family pay for the treatment and transportation costs associated with her visits to Fletcher Allen.
“It’s going to have students from group performance classes doing music, comedy and modern songs,” said Lita Kelly Paczak, music teacher at Seton Catholic. “We’re also hoping to have a group of teachers perform, which is always hilarious. It’ll be entertainment from all walks of musical life.”
The event is a perfect fit for Malorie, who is a junior at the school.
“She loves to listen to music,” said Malorie’s mother, Danielle Drolette. “It’s been her therapy for years. It calms her.”
But now Malorie needs a different kind of therapy—chemotherapy—to help her beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
That means she must travel to Fletcher Allen three days a week in cycles that are two weeks long.
After taking a week off, Malorie is now in her second cycle.
“She’s responded well to the chemotherapy, and will have a cat scan done in a few weeks, and then they will determine if more chemotherapy needs to be done,” Danielle said.
Since most cancer cells divide rapidly, chemotherapeutic agents target cells that divide rapidly.
This can lead to serious side effects, since cells in the bone marrow, digestive tract and hair follicles also divide rapidly, and are therefore targeted, too.
Malorie’s parents are both supportive, though,
In an effort to show Malorie that they’re all in it together, her father, Christopher, gave her a buzz cut after she began to lose her hair from the chemo tratments.
He then turned the clippers on himself and Danielle.
Changes like that have taken some getting used to—the family’s life is much different than it was just two months ago—but Danielle said there is a silver lining.
“Malorie says she now knows what she wants to do after high school next year, and that is to be a nurse,” Danielle said. “She sees how compassionate they are, especially with the kids.”
There’s a 90 percent success rate for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so everyone, including Malorie, is hopeful.
She is so hopeful, in fact, that she’s even set a short-term goal for herself.
“She wants to be well enough to attend her junior prom on May 11,” Danielle said. “She’s never been to one before, and she says she’s going to make it.”
If you go:
What: Knights of the Night Talent Show
When: Saturday, April 20 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Seton Catholic Central School, 206 New York Road, Plattsburgh
Cost: There is a $5 minimum dontation for this event
From 7-10. Two sets with refreshments in between. Asking for $5 minimum.
Can donate money through the school, too.