PLATTSBURGH - When Deb Conners was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer in March, it was news that came out of nowhere for her and her family.
"It was a pretty huge shock," said Conners' daughter, Danielle. "I mean, you never really expect it to happen to your family. You hear about it and you always try to help others with [cancer] but it never really hits you until it hits home."
Since her diagnosis, Conners has undergone radiation and chemotherapy, had her gallbladder removed and had several other procedures to eliminate the cancer within her, said Danielle.
"The doctor said he's optimistic," said Danielle. "Her chances are looking good."
Danielle attributes that to her mother's upbeat attitude and the support she's received from family and friends in the past six months.
"She tries to stay pretty positive. She definitely has a lot of faith," said Danielle. "She's got a lot of positive people around her, so that helps out a lot."
Danielle and the rest of her family are hoping those positive people and more will come together this Saturday, Sept. 11, for "A Day for Deb," an event at American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh dedicated to her mother. The purpose of the event is to help raise money for Conners, who has endured many expenses associated with her treatment, said Danielle.
"It's pretty costly and my mother hasn't been able to work since her diagnosis," she said, noting her mother had been an employee at Condo's Pharmacy for 25 years. "The funds have been pretty slim."
This Saturday's event aims to help the Conners family alleviate that, if only a little, said Danielle. The day, which kicks off at 12 p.m., will consist of a spaghetti dinner, bake sale, horse rides, face painting, auctions, raffles and live entertainment. Horseshoe and co-ed softball tournaments will help round out the day.
Condo's Pharmacy is also selling "A Day for Deb" bracelets at their Montcalm Avenue location before and after the event, with proceeds to help Conners.
Those interested in helping with A Day for Deb or in making a donation to the Conners family may contact Danielle at 569-3436. For information about the horseshoe tournament, call 561-4191 and for details on the co-ed softball tournament, call 569-5947.