Fundraiser set for Bolton resident fighting cancer

BOLTON LANDING - Local resident Carol Shaw, who is battling cancer and spending her cash on medical bills rather than her property taxes, is likely to get some help from her friends.

In hearing of Shaw's plight, Bolton Town Supervisor Kathleen Simmes and other town officials have planned a fundraiser to be held Saturday June 13 at the Conservation Park.

The public is invited to the event, which begins at 5 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. Soft drinks will be provided. In addition to a voluntary gathering of cash donations, a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction will be held.

A poster by the event, issued by the town Tuesday reads, "We take care of each other - this is what Bolton does best."

Shaw was unable to speak yesterday in response, as the cancer and resulting radiation treatments have silenced her voice. But she did respond in e-mails about her situation.

My town has always been the greatest place to live," she said. "These people really care about each other, and all this overwhelms me - I just feel there are so many others out there that need the help more than I.

Shaw said she has terminal medullary cancer, and she hopes the loss of her voice is only a temporary result of the radiation.

Shaw said Simmes suggested the fundraiser to her when the supervisor was visiting her in the radiation waiting room, where her daughter is also having treatments for cancer.

"It just amazes me how many people and lives this disease touches," Shaw said Tuesday in an e-mail.

Until recently, Shaw worked as an Information Specialist for the Adirondack Mountain Club. She had no health insurance program, and now must rely on Medicaid reimbursement.

Shaw has two children, her son Tim and her daughter Tina. "They both live close by thankfully, and have been a great help to me," she said. "I also have four grandchildren and the joy of our lives, a great-granddaughter.

For details on the fundraiser, call Kathy Simmes or Penny Cleavland at the Bolton Town Hall.

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