In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, we provide a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Kelly Moran Davis’ true passion shines when it comes to animal rescue and volunteer work, especially with dogs. The 43-year-old Eynon resident is as big-hearted as the four-legged friends she advocates for, and she has grown even more open and strong thanks to her current journey battling back a rare and aggressive sub-type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Diagnosed in March, Davis already has finished five rounds of chemotherapy and is close to completing her final cycle, which may be followed by radiation.
What: Donations payable to Kelly’s Krusade can be mailed to or dropped off at Honesdale National Bank, 202 Betty St., Eynon, PA 18403, or any other Honesdale bank branch. A benefit called Kelly’s Krusade will feature music, basket raffles, food and drinks for $10 at the door.
When: Sunday, Aug. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant
Why: Proceeds will be used for bills, mortgage and car payments, and other expenses while Davis is unable to work. A former UPS employee of 23 years, she was at her new job as inventory control coordinator for MTF Biologics for only two months when her cancer was discovered, and she therefore did not qualify for short-term disability coverage, though she remains employed.
In her own words: “I am very humbled, thankful and honored. The community has come together for me in so many ways already. It means the world to me knowing that there are such great people out there.” — Kelly Moran Davis
Update: While tickets for the pasta dinner set for Saturday, Aug. 17, in honor of Dickson City cancer patient Joseph R. Holeva are no longer available, the public is still encouraged to attend the fundraiser at St. Michael’s Center, 403 Delaware St., Jermyn, where 50/50 and basket raffles will be held. Donations also can be made payable to Holeva’s sister, Lisa Vladika, and sent to 172 East St., Eynon, PA 18403.
Patrice Wilding is a 13-year employee of the Lifestyles Dept. at The Times-Tribune, where she worked her way up from a clerk to a web video producer to a full-time reporter, writer and copy editor. An Olyphant native, she graduated from Mid Valley Secondary Center and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with concentration in media arts, political science and communications from Wesley College, Dover, Delaware. She lives in Clarks Summit with her husband, Justin, and their son, Johnny. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5369; @pwildingTT