Martintown rallies for cancer victim
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
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.