Benefit held for Towanda High School graduate
A benefit Sunday for Tiffany Fleming, a 2012 Towanda High School graduate fighting cancer, raised thousands of dollars to offset care and travel expenses.
A Ladies' Vendor Day at the Towanda Country Club, along with a gun raffle, bake sale and Chinese auction, collected over $10,000 to help Fleming and her family, said Blythe Hart-Jones, a family friend who organized Sunday's event.
Nineteen-year-old Fleming, the daughter of Donna and Mark Fleming, was diagnosed with the rare childhood bone cancer Ewing's sarcoma in 2011. Fleming beat the cancer following extensive chemotherapy and radiation, but recently learned that it had returned in her leg, shoulder and lungs.
Fleming, a human services student at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, is receiving treatment at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The funds raised will help to cover the high costs of her family's travel from Towanda to Philadelphia to be with her during treatment, organizers said.
About 30 vendors participated in Sunday's event, Hart-Jones said. Each vendor donated an item for the Chinese auction, and some donated proceeds back to the Fleming family.
Attendees swarmed a table selling tickets for the 50-item Chinese auction, which also featured gift certificates, baskets and other items donated by local businesses.
Organizers also raffled off two guns - a scoped .243-caliber camouflage Savage rifle and a pink 9mm Diamondback handgun - at the end of Sunday's event.
Organizers said they were impressed with Sunday's turnout. Fleming "has a lot of support," Hart-Jones said.
Fleming made the rounds at Sunday's event, talking to attendees and hugging friends, family and supporters. She's been feeling tired, but well, she said.
"I'm glad everything has gone well today," Fleming said.
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