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May 1, 2013

Banding together for ‘Angela’s Hope’

Event to benefit area woman with brain cancer

EUSTACE — Friends and family  of Eustace resident Angela Richardson, 38, are looking to the community to help her as she battles against brain cancer.

Tonya Smith, a longtime friend of Angela and her family, has planned a 5K walk and festival benefit  for the Richardson family on Saturday at the Eustace Fire Department.

The event called “Angela’s Hope” will be an all- day event  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be vendors, entertainment, a penny drive, silent auction and a bounce house.

The entertainment will include Precois Norcilus and Tara & Tiffany. Special performances will also be given by W.I.T.S, Madison Reneau, Mo Howard and True Disciple.

Registration for the 5K will be a 9 a.m. at the fire station. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $10.

Angela has an inspirational story to tell and will be sharing it at 1 p.m. Saturday at the fire station.

Angela, her husband, David, and their four children — Samantha, Brandon, Zackary and Christian — know that her journey will be long and difficult.

Angela’s life changed in  November, 2012. After thinking she possibly had a stroke, an MRI revealed a large brain mass. She had surgery to remove the tumor, and was told it most likely was benign. That turned out not to be the case, and the tumor returned, caused temporary paralysis, and was, indeed, an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

Angela and David are youth leaders at Liberty Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City. She says she knows her fate is in the hands of the Lord.

“I am putting my faith in the Lord,” she said. “He gets credit for whatever happens.”

Since her diagnosis, Angela has completed CyberKnife Radiation, and is now on her third round of chemotherapy. According to Mt. Zion Cancer Center, CyberKnife is a radio-surgery system designed to treat well-defined tumors at any site in the body. The CyberKnife is most often used to treat malignancies located in the brain, spine, head and neck, lung, liver, pancreas and prostrate.

TheCyberKnife treatment failed to shrink Angela’s subsequent tumor. Her current chemotherapy, however, has reduced the tumor in size almost 50 percent.

Angela’s type of brain cancer may not spread, but there also is no cure. Along with her chemotherapy and other medication, she will need to take medication to prevent seizures.

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