2018-08-25 / Front Page

Community rallies around woman fighting battle against cancer

By Anna Fletcher
Courier-Times Sta ff Writer

Heidi Chambers was surprised with a visit from her brother, Oren Lang-Furr. sUBMiTTED Heidi Chambers was surprised with a visit from her brother, Oren Lang-Furr. sUBMiTTED More than 50 members of the Person County community gathered in the Palace Pointe skating rink on June 23 in support of a longtime resident currently battling breast cancer.

Heidi Chambers, a 1996 graduate of Person Senior High School, was diagnosed with the disease in March. She recalls the June event, Hope for Heidi Fundraiser, as an “outpouring of love and community.”

The fundraiser featured a High Fitness Class taught by Lindsay Carver, event-themed shirts and bracelets, and raffle items donated by various local residents and businesses. Prizes ranged from gift certificates and desserts to a push lawn mower and pet groom.

Around 1,500 raffle tickets were sold, as well as most of the T-shirts, Chambers said; and a highlight of the night was a surprise visit from her brother, Oren Lang-Furr, who flew in from Seattle, Washington.

For Chambers, the event fell between two big events in her breast cancer journey.

On May 24, she received a lumpectomy on her left breast and a mastectomy on her right. Friends and family set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her surgery and supported her during this time through care baskets, food, prayer shawls and cards.

Chambers’ North Carolina School of Science and Math coworkers threw a “fight” party for her, complete with a set of pink boxing gloves that they’d all signed. Several friends even shaved their heads in support.

“God really set me up for this,” she said. “He built my circle wide and strong. He knew I would be needing the friends I have – the ones who took time out of their own lives to rally for me, to listen to me [and] to support me.”

The other big event came June 29 when Chambers began chemotherapy. With eight chemo treatments scheduled two weeks apart and reconstructive surgery after that, she will lean on her support network more than ever, she says.

“I know that there is still a long, hard road ahead,” she said. “But with God, my family, friends and community by my side, I will continue to fight, and I will win this battle.”

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