As we know, there are many among us who suffer from disease or have a crisis in their lives preventing a normal lifestyle. One such person is Kathy Peck, a resident of our Panama community.
By way of introduction, Kathy grew up in the South Ripley area, the daughter of Don (deceased) and Lois Seeley. Her husband, Bill, grew up in Sherman - his parents are Gene (deceased) and Evie Peck. Both Kathy and Bill graduated from Sherman Central School. Kathy and Bill raised their family in Panama and are strong supporters of the community.
Kathy has valiantly faced health issues for the past ten years due to the failing status of her liver. Kathy tires very easily and is unable to manage the lifestyle of a typical wife, mother and grandmother. Employment is impossible and special trips or events are often too strenuous for her. Even with the assistance of her husband Bill, multiple medications and numerous physician visits in Jamestown, Rochester, and Cleveland, her health status can quickly change. She is then transported to the Emergency Department and subsequently admitted to the Critical Care Unit until stabilized. Kathy is now on the liver transplant list through Cleveland Clinic. Kathy and Bill have incurred "out of pocket expenses," related to her medical condition and they will continue to have additional expenses during her medical journey after the transplant.
Friends of Kathy and Bill are hosting a benefit with the goal of raising funds to help with Kathy's expenses related to her medical care, the upcoming surgery and her recovery. There will be a Pasta Buffet Dinner on Thursday, November 7 from 4 PM to 8 PM at the Sherman Firehall. During the evening, raffles and a Chinese Auction will also help raise money. We will also have information on organ donation available. The cost of dinner tickets is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for those less than 4 years old. We are encouraging community residents to save the date in order to attend the dinner and participate in the fund raising activities.
If people are unable to attend the event, but want to make donation, this may be done by check payable to Gifts of Love for Kathy and sent to Post Office Box 125, Panama NY 14767. Or you may visit www.giveforward.com to make a donation to Gifts of Love for Kathy.