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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Benefit today for Coudersport woman

A luncheon and basket raffle to benefit a Coudersport woman's cancer
treatments is this Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Coudersport American Legion.
Coudersport resident Carolyn Berfield was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon
cancer in 2010. She's gone through multiple surgeries to remove parts of
her colon and lungs, after the cancer spread and was upgraded to Stage 4
in 2012.She was going for chemotherapy off and on since her diagnosis, but
is no longer able to continue the treatment. Family friend Cynthia Kelly,
who organized the benefit, said a medication recommended by her doctor is
not covered by Medicare, and costs around $2,000 per month.
Carolyn was interviewed by the Potter Leader-Enterprise in 2015 about her
journey with cancer. That was right after her husband, Allen, was
diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a severe neurodegenerative genetic
disease. She said, "I believe I’m still alive because I need to be here to
take care of him. If it wasn’t for my husband and children, I couldn’t do
it. They’re the ones who inspire me everyday to live.”

The benefit for Carolyn is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults
are $10 and children 6 and under are $5.