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Benefit for Tammy Clark Rivers Saturday at Beekmantown VFW

BEEKMANTOWN - When she learned her friend was facing terminal illness, Dawn Morrow said she and a group of their mutual friends knew they wanted to do something to help.

Morrow's friend, Tammy Clark Rivers of Keeseville, was diagnosed with stage four bone cancer late last year. The two women met each other through the Plattsburgh chapters of the Harley Owners Group and Ladies of Harley, two motorcycle riding organizations.

"We're just one big family and when we heard about her cancer, we knew we needed to do something," said Morrow.

Morrow and her friends have finalized plans to hold a spaghetti dinner benefit at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1466 on Spellman Road, hoping the event will help Rivers and her husband, Tim Rivers, with the financial burden they've incurred for cancer treatments.

"We just want to help them to pay some of their medical bills," said Morrow.

This is Clark Rivers' second bout with cancer, she added. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, and, following treatment, it was believed it had been eradicated.

"The doctors thought they got it all, but come to find out, she was only in remission," explained Morrow.

Clark Rivers' troubles came back last August when she went to the doctor with back pain.

"She had a blood test and found out the cancer had come back, this time in her back and bones," said Morrow, adding the disease had spread to her chest and neck. "But, she's trying to stay as positive as she can and that's why we want to help."

The benefit will be held this Saturday, March 6, from 1-6 p.m. The spaghetti dinner will be a $7 donation per person, with children younger than 5 eating free.

The event will also include live music by the Jay Walken Band, 50/50 drawings, raffles and a Chinese auction.

For more information or to donate items toward the event, contact Morrow at 493-3161 or 578-7829.

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