When 46-year-old Diann (Moore) Gordon was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer earlier this year, it marked the first time in her immediate family that kind of diagnosis had been handed down, said Gordon’s sister, Gail Carter.
“And, there’s 11 of us,” said Carter, noting even their parents hadn’t had a history of cancer.
However, Carter said her sister pressed on with the news and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
“Her radiation is completed but now she’s doing [chemotherapy],” said Carter.
Though the treatments have left her sister somewhat tired, said Carter, overall, she’s maintained a positive outlook.
“This won’t hold her down,” said Carter. “The only thing is she really can’t drive right now, which drives her crazy.”
Carter said her sister will continue with chemotherapy and is awaiting results of an examination of some spots found in her brain during a recent examination.
While Gordon waits, her sister and friends are in the process of organizing a benefit in her honor Saturday, Nov. 19. The event will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 1619, 219 Rand Hill Road, West Plattsburgh, and include a spaghetti dinner, live auction, Chinese auction, raffles, and entertainment by the Too Big for the Corner Band.
The benefit will help with the medical expenses Gordon has incurred as she is currently unable to work and is collecting disability. Carter hopes the community will turn out to show support for her sister.
“Dianne has always been the girl who gives to everybody else,” said Carter. “This has just been hard for her because she doesn’t feel comfortable with getting things back. If she had her last dollar in her pocket, she’d give it to you.”