Lorrain Bergeron and her daughter, Leslie Podmore.
Friends of Mineville resident Lorraine Bergeron are holding a special baked ziti dinner fundraiser for her with raffles and silent auctions from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 30 at the Lewis Fire Department, 18 Fire House Lane.
Just after Thanksgiving, Bergeron started going to the doctors for tests and biopsies and just before Christmas she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, or stage three breast cancer.
“She has to go through eight treatments over 16 weeks,” said friend Jessica Podmore. “Right now she’s half way through.”
Bergeron is currently undergoing four months of chemotherapy at Charles Wood Cancer Center in Glens Falls. When she goes to treatment, she and Podmore stay at a friend’s home in Glens Falls. Podmore said the two travel to Glens Falls at least once a week. After chemotherapy is completed Bergeron, will undergo surgery to remove cancerous cells.
After surgery, she will have to undergo radiation for five days a week for six weeks.
Though insurance covers Bergeron’s medical expenses, she has had to stop working a Wise Guys Sports Bar & Grill in Lake Placid, where she has worked for four years. Her doctor predicts she will remain unable to work for at least a year.
“The fundraiser will help pay for a mixture of everything. She can’t work and the travel to Glens Falls every week gets pricey,” said Podmore. “We’re all more like family than friends. We want to do this for her.”
The event has been organized by Bergeron’s friends: Podmore, Laura Borden Pond and Cindy Lawson.
Bergeron is a mother to five daughters: Leanne, Leslie, Laura Lee, Diamond and Nichole. She is no stranger to surgery. In 1985, she was a kidney donor for her father. Though her father has since died, she said Bergeron feels her father is still supporting her and walking beside her.
Bergeron raised her children in the Elizabethtown and Lewis area, and she has lived in Mineville for the past year.
The dinner will include Chinese and silent auctions and raffles with a variety of different baskets with candles, garden supplies, wine and cheese, bath products and more. Gift certificates to various restaurants and stores in the area will also be available.
The dinner will cost $10 per person. For more information, call Podmore at 532-0059 or to submit a donation send it to Lorraine Bergeron, P.O. Box 365, Mineville, NY 12956.