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Fundraiser being held for former Homewood employee with cancer

Yard and food sales set for April 16 in Byron Memorial Park to benefit Kristy Danfelt

March 15, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • To help Kristy Danfelt pay for the expenses of her treatment for breast cancer, a community yard sale and food sale have been scheduled for April 16 at Byron Memorial Park from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Penny Fraker, one of the organizers of the event.
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WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport community is coming together to help one of its own who is battling breast cancer.

To help Kristy Danfelt pay for the expenses of her treatment, a community yard sale and food sale have been scheduled for April 16 at Byron Memorial Park from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Penny Fraker, one of the organizers of the event.

People who will be setting up tables at the yard sale will pay $25 to reserve a 10-by-10-foot space in the park, Fraker said.

The money raised will go to Danfelt to help her pay medical expenses, Fraker said.

Danfelt, 54, is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at a medical facility in Philadelphia. She and her husband take a train from Martinsburg, W.Va., to Philadelphia for the treatments every three weeks, Fraker said.

Danfelt worked at Homewood at Williamsport for 37 years, but had to leave her job because of the cancer, Fraker said.

As a result, Danfelt has been left with limited health insurance, Fraker said.

"My heart really goes out to her," said Fraker, who met Danfelt while Fraker was working as an "angel" for Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley.

In the angel program, volunteers are teamed up with cancer patients. Angels keep in touch with the patients, and send notes and cards to help keep their spirits up, Fraker said.

Fraker said there will be 170 spots available at Byron Memorial Park for the yard sale. She said 28 spots have been reserved.

Fraker said yard sale spots can be used to sell a variety of items, such as wood crafts, baked goods and jewelry.

Those interested in signing up for the yard sale can call Fraker at 301-991-1250.

Among those planning to participate in the yard sale is Tammy Whitney, owner of the Williamsport Barber Shop Downtown.

Whitney said she will be selling gift certificates for haircuts at her shop. Whitney said $2 from each certificate sold will go to Danfelt.

"People need to start taking care of people in their own country like it used to be in the good old US of A," Whitney said.

The yard sale also will include a pancake breakfast to raise money for Danfelt, and live music by Dogfoot and the Back Creek Valley Boys, Fraker said.

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