WEST CHAZY - Donna B. David won't let cancer win.
"I have cancer. It doesn't have me," she said. "And, it's not going to."
"I'm too damn miserable to die," she added, laughing.
The 62-year-old mother of five was diagnosed last May with stage three small cell cancer, which has affected one-third of one of her lungs and spread to her esophagus and lymph nodes. She didn't take the diagnosis lying down, however. In October, she began a steady regimen of radiation treatments and began chemotherapy.
So far, David said, the treatments have been working.
"I was going for radiation five days a week for seven weeks and I'm still going through chemo," said David. "So far, one of my X-rays said [the cancer] is shrinking."
However, there is still the possibility David will have to have the lung removed if progress doesn't continue.
"I figure there's nothing I can do about it. Just have to keep a stiff upper lip," she said.
In order to help David with her medical expenses, her fellow members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1466 Ladies Auxiliary in Beekmantown will be hosting a benefit for her this Saturday, March 26, at the Spellman Road post beginning at 1 p.m.
The event will consist of a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, 50-50 drawing, live auction and Chinese auction. Entertainment will be provided by the Jay Walken Band and others, as well as a disc jockey service.
The cost of the dinner will be $8 per plate, with children younger than 7 eating free.
Those unable to attend the benefit may mail donations to the VFW Post 1466, 327 Spellman Road, Beekmantown N.Y. 12901.
For more information or to contribute items for the event, call 563-1466.