Community comes together to help a local woman fighting Cancer

The community comes together to help a member of the community that has done so much for the area.

Posted: Feb. 10, 2019 6:40 PM
Updated: Feb. 10, 2019 8:36 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y - Melissa Kehler has battled cancer not once, but three times over the past 10 years.

She's helped numerous people and organizations throughout the area. Now, they're are helping her out by putting on a benefit to help pay her medical bills.

Melissa was first diagnosed with cancer back in 2005. It came back a few years later, now she's fighting again.

Hundreds of people filled the banquet hall at Danielle's. Melissa's sister astonished by the support the community is giving.

"Its completely overwhelming to see the amount of support that we've had. My sister has touched a lot of people in the community with her non profit work that she's done here in Utica and in the surrounding area. And it's just great to see so many people that love my sister so much supporting her and our family. She does not have health insurance, so we are hoping to raise the money for her medical bills. So she can concentrate on getting well and not have to worry about living expenses and medical bills," said Jennifer Cromp.

Melissa helped Chris Redmond back in 2014 when she was going through a very difficult time.

"She helped me and my mother back when we lost my father back in 2014 through a grief group that she facilitated. And she's been a big help to a lot of different people in a lot of different ways and we just wanted to be here to give back to her for everything that she's done for us," said Chris Redmond.

Melissa couldn't be at the benefit. She did Skype in to say hello to everyone that attended. Her sister says she is just overwhelmed by the support from the community.

According to her sister Jennifer, the family has raised over 21,000 dollars not including what they made through the benefit.

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