Benefit held for Essexville cancer patient

November 7, 2010 5:38:37 PM PST
(11/07/10) -- Sunday, hundreds met in Essexville for pancakes, an auction and to offer their support to a local women and her battle against brain cancer.A line of people waiting outside of the Hampton Township Hall showed the amount of support the community has for Sharie Mulders, a wife, mother and caregiver.

"The word has really gotten out and I think that Sharie has really impacted a lot of lives through the years," said family member Jennifer Veitengruber.

The support spilled over inside the building as the young and the elderly came out to help.

Sharie was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer last October. Since then, life for her and her family has gotten pretty expensive.

"The initial investment was $20,000 and somewhere around $7,000 a month," said Sharie's husband Mike Mulders.

Insurance covers a portion of the cost, but it's not enough. That's why the community put together the pancake breakfast and silent auction.

"I think that is the biggest gift, to just help someone in need," said community member Amy Rankey.

Sharie was too sick to join her friends and family at the event.

"It's difficult for her to see this many folks and it's emotionally very touching," Mike said.

The money raised during the cancer benefit will pay for her 24-hour treatments, lab work and the scans she has to have done every week.

Financial assistance is appreciated by Mike, but he said it's more than money that's touched his heart. "Prayers, kind words, people coming out, there is a whole lot more to this then money."

Mike was more than pleased with the turn out and said the money raised will cover all of her current expenses.

Donations to the Sharie Mulder Cancer Fund can be sent to:

Sharon Mulders Cancer Fund
P.O. Box: 482
Bay City MI, 48707-0482