Sunday the Buckhannon Community came together to host a Benefit Dinner and Auction for one of their own. A young teenager from Bbuckhannon-Upshur Middle School was recently diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma.
13-year-old Tiffany Ross was diagnosed with this form of cancer in late September and didn't find out what her treatment was until about a month ago. But that hasn't brought her spirits down.
"I did ride my dirt bike the other day, I haven't gotten to get back on a horse yet," said Tiffany Ross.
It all started when she was experiencing some lower back pain in August. Her family didn't think anything of it since she is so active. But after many doctor visits they finally find out what it was.
"I think she has a good attitude because she knows she can win her fight. She's very strong," said Kayla McCartney, Tiffany's Friend.
"She's got a good spirit about the whole thing. She's a real fighter just like the t-shirt, fight like a girl. It matches her whole outlook on the
situation," said Parker Surface, Family Friend.
The usual remedy is by removing the bone itself but having the surgery is a great risk. Doctors said there is an alternative treatment that can help. However, a tumor on her spine could force the surgery to proceed anyway.
"To have, what's called, Proton Radiation Treatment. And that spots that cancer cell and kills it to save her from having to have her back operated on," said John Bowers, Auctioneer.
On top of the six week Proton Radiation Therapy, Tiffany will have to undergo Chemo treatments at a different hospital. So needless to say, the Ross Family has many expenses and that's why this benefit was put together.
"When you buy these vehicles you're basically making a donation. Everything here has been donated, so when you purchase it you're making a donation," said Pat Cahill, Kelly Motors in Elkins.
There were over 600 items being auctioned off Sunday. Ranging from cars to antiques and even puppies.
"Actually really surprised about how much stuff is donated and how much the community put forth to make it happen," said Tiffany.
"People you have never seen before or don't know Tiffany, that are willing to come out and support her and help with the cause really makes you feel good and impressed with the community," said Don Ross, Tiffany's Father.
The family said they were so grateful and are hoping this day will help them out.
"I think there is maybe 100 volunteers here today and I really appreciate that.My heart is just bursting. I'm just really, really thankful," said Margaret Kelly, Tiffany's Grandmother.
If you are interested in helping the Ross Family they said they would appreciate anything being sent there way. They stressed that it doesn't have to be a donation. Prayers and support is what they truly need to get through this.
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