Mart­in­town ral­lies for cancer vic­tim

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK News Staff

When the news of Tammy Christie’s cancer di­ag­no­sis reached the ears of her friends – Tammy Mey­ers, Tanya Flaro, Kelly Meek and Bar­bara Hope – the Mart­in­town res­i­dents sprung to ac­tion and or­ga­nized a vil­lage-wide com­mu­nity fundraiser to help raise money for her.

Early Sun­day morn­ing on a per­fect sunny Septem­ber day, Mart­in­town was bustling with hun­dreds of shop­pers and dozens of in­di­vid­ual yard sales and side-by-side com­mu­nity yard sales at the Mart­in­town Mill Farmer’s Mar­ket and the Trad­ing Post with a le­mon­ade stand and noon­time corn roast. Live mu­sic at the Mill was pro­vided by fid­dling teacher David MacPhee and his stu­dents.

By 3 p.m., it was time to pack away the ta­bles and head for a big spaghetti din­ner and silent auc­tion at the Mart­in­town Com­mu­nity Cen­tre where peo­ple met Tammy Christie, her hus­band Paul, and the tod­dler twins, Ryker and Hunter. Ms. Christie’s 20-year-old son Riely Lam­bert lives in Kingston.

“It’s very over­whelm­ing,” said Ms Christie stand­ing in the foyer of the com­mu­nity cen­tre where peo­ple were lined up to pay for en­ter the sup­per.

It’s a great com­mu­nity, a won­der­ful com­mu­nity,” she said. “I was sur­prised at first that ev­ery­body was will­ing to do this for me, but not that peo­ple came to­gether to do it. This is a very good com­mu­nity.”

Tammy Christie re­ceived a di­ag­no­sis of Cholan­gio­car­ci­noma last month, bile duct cancer that oc­curs in the small, tube-like bile ducts within the liver that carry bile to the gall­blad­der.

Her symp­toms, pain in her side and back, be­gan in De­cem­ber, 2016, some­thing she at first at­trib­uted to lift­ing and car­ry­ing her two young sons. When the pain per­sisted and in­ten­si­fied, she con­tacted her fam­ily doc­tor but could only get an ap­point­ment in June.

Early in the sum­mer, an ul­tra­sound in Corn­wall found masses on her liver and a sub­se­quent CT scan and MRI de­ter­mined that she had liver cancer. A chest x-ray was or­dered that re­vealed that the cancer had spread to her lungs.

Last week, a biopsy in Ot­tawa con­firmed bile duct cancer and Ms Christie is now wait­ing to meet with an on­col­o­gist. Her un­der­stand­ing is that treat­ment will in­volve ag­gres­sive chemo­ther­apy and con­tin­ued treat­ments in the months ahead.

Tammy Christie’s hus­band Paul works at Corn­wall Con­crete, where she worked un­til the twins were born and had hoped to re­turn soon. Her di­ag­no­sis has re­moved any hope of re­turn­ing to work, and, come win­ter, Paul will be fac­ing a sea­sonal lay­off.

Tanya Flaro ex­plains that she and the fundraiser or­ga­niz­ers have opened an RBC Royal Bank trust ac­count in Corn­wall. Ms Flaro has also started a GoFundMe fundrais­ing cam­paign called Help Tammy Christie Fight Cancer.

The page says, “Let’s all come to­gether to help Tammy by tak­ing the fi­nan­cial stress out of the days that lie ahead of her so that she can fo­cus on get­ting bet­ter.”

If you would like to do­nate to the Help Tammy Christie Fight Cancer cam­paign trust find, con­tact any of the four or­ga­niz­ers or call Tanya Ro­zon at (613) 330-3580

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

CANCER FUNDRAISER: When Tammy Christie, a mother of 2-year-old twins and a 20-year-old son, was re­cently di­ag­nosed with bile duct cancer, four of her Mart­in­town friends and neigh­bours sprung to ac­tion to or­ga­nize a vil­lage-wide fundraiser. Pic­tured at Sun­day’s fundraiser spaghetti din­ner are or­ga­niz­ers Tammy Mey­ers, Tanya Flaro, Kelly Meek hold­ing one of the twins, Ryker, Bar­bara Hope, and Tammy Christie hold­ing her other son Hunter.

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