CORINTH - "Friends of the Fedor Family" will be hosting a benefit to raise monetary and public support at Mollie's Mason Jar Restaurant on 13 Park Ave Ext. in Hadley March 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.
The Fedor family of Corinth was struck with enormous tragedy on Jan. 15, when Jeff, the family patriarch, was running on Route 9 and a deer was hit by a passing car, launching it into him and sending him into the ditch.
Jeff, a fifth-grade teacher at Corinth Central School District, suffered six broken ribs and a severely damaged kidney and was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment.
Four days after he was admitted, Jeff and his wife Missy (Harr), originally from Indian Lake, were notified their 15-year-old daughter, Sherene, was on her way to the hospital as well.
After being treated for a nose bleed that lasted more than an hour at school, Sherene, a freshman at Corinth Central School, had been taken to Glens Falls Hospital and later became a patient three floors below her father in Albany.
The next day, Sherene and her parents were notified that she was diagnosed with leukemia.
After a long month for the Fedor family, both Jeff and Sherene are now home in Corinth. Jeff's injuries are still healing, while Sherene and Missy have began commuting to Glens Falls Hospital for her treatments.
Despite the sudden onset of misfortune, the Fedor's remain optimistic that they can handle these challenges.
"Strong-willed people make an effort to survive. If you aren't strong willed, I don't know how you're gonna make it through hard times," said Sherene.
Aside from Jeff's teaching job, the Fedor family run several businesses including a substantial horse boarding and training facility, River Run Stables, at their home in Corinth. They also have another daughter, Taylor, who is 12-years-old.
Over the past couple months, there has been an outpouring of monetary support from the community as well as volunteer support at the farm, which cares for over 30 horses.
"The support from the community has been amazing," said Missy. "We are so thankful and we really couldn't get through this without them."
On Jan. 29, Corinth Central School District hosted a "Rock Band" video game tournament and concert benefit in the high school cafeteria that raised a substantial amount of money in donations for the Fedor's. A web cam broadcasted the entire event live online so Sherene and Jeff could watch from the hospital.
The March 7 benefit will feature a baked ziti dinner courtesy of Mollie's Mason Jar as well as a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and live music. Cost for the event is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10-years-old and all are welcome to attend.
"This family is facing enormous challenges far above and beyond the many responsibilities to which they have devoted their lives," said family friend Jody Cracco of Lake George. "They have given so much to the community and now this community is coming together to help them."
Funds raised from the benefit will be donated directly to the Fedor family and will aid in both Jeff and Sherene's recovery and treatment.
For more information, log on to www.shereneshope.org.