Friends and family of Eva “Penny” Parker of Cadyville are hosting a benefit for her this Sunday, Aug. 28, at Cocktails in Morrisonville.
When Eva “Penny” Parker was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, it was something she said came completely of out left field.
“It was like a punch right in the face,” said Parker.
Everything was normal until almost three months ago when Parker went to the doctor when she wasn’t feeling well. The resulting diagnosis at first was a sinus infection. But, it got worse.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t even move,” said Parker.
So, she paid a visit to the emergency room where doctors ran tests and found she had cancer. Even though Parker had battled and overcame lymphoma 10 years prior, it was still a shock, she said.
“Never,” Parker said when asked if she’d ever thought she’d be facing a life-threatening illness again.
Despite her diagnosis, Parker remains optimistic and is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments at CVPH Medical Center’s Fitzpatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh. So far, her body has been responding well to the treatments, she said.
“[The doctors] said it seems to look good,” said Parker.
Given that Parker has been unable to work since she began her treatments, her daughters have stepped up to organize a benefit in her honor this Sunday, Aug. 28. The benefit will be held at Cocktails, 42 River St., Morrisonville, beginning at 12 p.m.
The event will include entertainment, 50/50 drawings, a Chinese auction, and a michigan dinner. A dart tournament will also be held with registration $10 per person. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.
For more information, including how to make a donation toward the event, call Tina Parker at 536-0708.