SARANAC - Linda M. Dupraw isn't the sort of person who asks for help or the kind who easily accepts it.
However, when the 60-year-old Redford woman was recently diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, family friend Jean Wilson didn't give her much of a choice. Wilson immediately decided to organize a benefit in Dupraw's honor to help her with her anticipated medical expenses - especially considering Dupraw has no insurance to cover her treatments.
"We just want to help defray her costs," said Wilson.
"It took me a while to get used to it," Dupraw said of Wilson hosting the benefit. "I'm usually the one helping out."
Dupraw, a mother of three and grandmother of two, has been active in helping with local fundraisers and through her work with American Legion Post 1618. She reached a bump in the road, however, when she receive her diagnosis after going to the hospital with a pain in her side. Even though both her parents had cancer, Dupraw said she never expected to follow in their footsteps.
"It still took me by surprise," she said.
Though her condition is serious, her doctors believe they have caught her cancer in its early stages, said Dupraw.
"They're pretty sure they can put it in remission," she said.
Dupraw is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at CVPH Medical Center's Fitzpatrick Cancer Center, to which she said she is reacting well so far.
The silver lining to her diagnosis, said Dupraw, is the disease has brought her closer with her husband, Donald "Duke" Dupraw, and their sons Jarod, Jesse and Donny.
"I'm staying as positive as I can," said Dupraw, who noted her family is what keeps her motivated. "I want to stay positive for them."
Wilson said an important part of Dupraw being able to stay positive is knowing she has support from her friends and family. That's why it's important people attend the benefit, planned for this Sunday, Sept. 27.
"It's important for people to show up," said Wilson. "I think it will boost her spirits."
And, it already has.
"I just want them to know I'm grateful for all of them, for what they're doing for me," said Dupraw.
The spaghetti dinner benefit for Dupraw will be held at American Legion Post 1618, 275 Wilson Road, beginning at noon. The event will also include a Chinese auction 50-50 drawing, raffles and live music.
Take-outs for the dinner will be available. For more information, contact Wilson at 293-8178.
Those who are unable to attend the benefit but would still like to send a donation to Dupraw may do so in care of her to 202 Church St., Redford N.Y. 12978.