Madison Community Supports Teacher With Cancer

  • 11/8/2019 4:29:23 PM
  • Seth Byrd
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- The Madison Community held a benefit at Forest Hills Golf Course in Mansfield, Friday night for Madison South Teacher Katelyn Smith who is battling cancer. Several hundred members of the community came out to support and raise money for Smith. 

Smith was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Non- Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Smith graduated from Madison in the class of 2011 and is a 1st grade teacher at Madison South Elementary. She is currently going through chemotherapy four times a week every three weeks and was not able to attend the event due to her treatments. 

The event was organized by Amanda Siwek, to encourage her friend and help her with medical expenses. 

"We're here to raise money.. lift the spirits of the family and just bring the community together to support a teacher," said Siwek. "So when I found out that this was happening to her, as a friend, I knew something had to be done. Bills are expensive."

The event held a silent auction, bake sale, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a spaghetti dinner. All donations will go to pay for her medical expenses. All the items involved in the event were donated by local businesses and members in the community. 
The large crowd in attendance showed demonstrated Smith is not alone in the fight, as there is a whole community behind her on the journey.  "Katelyn we just wish you well. Everybody is rooting for you. You're not fighting alone. We are all here for you," said Siwek.

For more information on Katelyn Smith, or to make a donation, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/Ksmithstrong.

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