FALCONER - Two benefits will be held this month to help a Falconer native battling cancer.
Heather Lefford Edborg has been fighting sarcoma cancer since being diagnosed last summer. In March, two benefits will be held to raise money for her medical expenses. One benefit will be held in her native hometown of Falconer. The second event will be held where she lives now, Saco, Maine.
The local benefit will be held Sunday, March 17, from 2-4 p.m. at the Falconer Fire Department. The benefit will include consultants from Thirty-One, Lia Sophia and Mary Kay, who will be donating a portion of their sales. Also, there will be basket raffles.
Those in charge of the benefit are asking local businesses, friends and organizations to donate items for the basket giveaway. The benefit is being hosted by Heather Buffone, Lori Melquist and Stacey Allen. To donate an item for a basket, contact Allen at 664-9519 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The benefit in Maine will be held Saturday at the Clambake Restaurant in Scarborough.
There is also a fund established at the Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution for donations to Edborg. All checks can be made out to the Heather Edborg Fund and sent to Thornton Academy, 438 Main St., Saco ME 04072.
Mrs. Edborg and her husband, Scott, were both 1990 graduates of Falconer Central School. She is a teacher at the Thornton Academy in southern Maine. They have three sons, 12-year-old Noah, 10-year-old Sammy and 5-year-old William.
Barbara Lefford, Mrs. Edborg's mother, has been staying with her daughter since Christmas to help the family. Her and her husband, Gary, are assisting with preparing two of the three boys for school, and with other household chores.
''We are helping her with the everyday basics of living with kids,'' Mrs. Lefford said. ''Basically, we are here helping her with doing housework.''
Sarcoma is a rare cancer that represents about 1 percent of the 1.5 million new cancer diagnoses in the country each year.
Mrs. Lefford said tumors are attacking different parts of Mrs. Edborg's body, which are being treated through radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and via surgery. She said the money raised will go toward expenses and medical bills.
''Due to her medical problems this (school) year, she has not been able to work,'' Mrs. Lefford said about her daughter.
Mrs. Lefford said her daughter's health has been improving in recent weeks.
''She has started to gain weight, and she is getting her strength back,'' she said.
Mrs. Lefford said her daughter was well known as an exceptional high school athlete. She participated in softball, basketball and tennis. She attended college on a softball scholarship. She spent two years at Erie Community College in Buffalo and then transferred with scholarship to Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.