Fundraiser Planned For Scranton Colon Cancer Patient
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Armed with a generous heart, bold sense of humor and strong work ethic, Nicole Haddix of Scranton has grown a lot throughout her life. Along the way, the 32-year-old learned to not take herself too seriously, appreciate the small things and help others whenever possible. They were life lessons that helped prepare Haddix for the devastating diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer she received in late September, and the aggressive chemotherapy and possible surgery she needs going forward. Despite all this, friends say she remains impressively strong and positive, relying on the support of her friends and family — including parents Anne and Jim, brother Jimmy, nephew James and her dog, Jax — to maintain faith that she is in good hands and getting the care she needs.
What: Online donations are being accepted through a GoFundMe page, and friends and supporters have organized A Night for Nicole, which will include food, wine, beer, raffles and entertainment for $20 at the door. Donations of gift certificates and baskets for the raffle are being accepted via the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, Jan. 25, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Keyser Valley Community Center, 101 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton
Why: Proceeds will help the Century Dental Associates employee, who works in medical billing, with her own medical bills plus living and travel expenses as she seeks treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
In her own words: “I have always been a proud West Sider, and I have seen my community step up in amazing ways for people in need. I never thought I would be one of those people, but now seeing the support from this role has only reassured what I already knew to be true about the kindness and generosity of the wonderful people in and from this town. The amount of responses and well wishes I have received has already been so overwhelming. This support has come from people I see every day, people I haven’t seen in years, and then the craziest part: people I have never even met. To say I am appreciative would be an understatement. I truly cannot thank everyone enough.” — Nicole Haddix
Update: Mike Trapper, a Scranton father of three daughters who has been consistently hospitalized in Philadelphia with health complications since a heart transplant in 2017, finally has been moved to a rehabilitation facility in nearby Kingston. His wife, Sara, said she’s not sure how long he will need to remain there, but that is he doing better since his story appeared in this column last week. “I’ve showed him the many cards and letters along with donations, and he was so happy,” she added. Donations still may be made through the GoFundMe page or mailed, payable to Sara Trapper, to 2319 Golden Ave., Scranton, PA 18508.