QUEENSBURY - A fundraiser is being held soon to help a single mother who is battling cancer and is facing hardship because she lost her job-and health insurance - as a result of the illness.
The benefit event, to assist Glens Falls native Angela Edmunds Kilmartin, 49, is a chicken barbecue set for Saturday, July 31, at West Mountain Ski Center.
To be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event includes both a live auction and silent auction of donated new goods and services, live entertainment, a bounce house, a yoga session, and 50-50 raffles.
All proceeds are to help Kilmartin with continuing expenses she's shouldering during her lengthy bout with facial cancer.
The auction features Martin Seelye calling the bids, and the "Laugh Yoga" sessions are presented by Tobi Gifford of Lemon Tree Yoga.
Auction items received so far include a 10-piece cookware set donated by Rachael Ray; an 11-feet by 13 feet area rug valued at $900 donated by Buy-Low Carpet; a $100 silver ankle bracelet from Scoville's Jewelers; a day's rental of a low-boy trailer from Falls Farm and Garden; a two-hour pontoon boat ride donated by Schroon Lake Marina; a family pass for six admissions at Ausable Chasm; an original work of art by Irene Magee; two Adirondack chairs given by Windy Baker; a pool opening or closing service call donated by Northern Poolscapes; and many other items and gift certificates.
Angela still has several more surgeries and reconstructive surgeries to endure. She had worked for CR Bard for 20 years, but lost her job about 18 months ago due to the continuing illness, according to Debbie Freebern Loomis. Loomis is a member of the group After Cancer Encouragement and Support or ACES, formed by Angela's relatives, friends and neighbors to raise money for Kilmartin to help offset her financial stress. Loomis' husband is a cousin of Kilmartin's.
More information about the event and Kilmartin's battle with the illness are available on the website: www.acesforangela.com. The ACES group can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Loomis can be reached at 251-4278.
For those not able to attend, donations are welcome, Loomis said, adding that a fund for Kilmartin has been set up at Glens Falls National Bank.
"Everyone is invited to attend, and all donations are greatly appreciated," Loomis said Monday.