Fundraiser to benefit Livonia teenager battling rare cancer

Sara Gray, a junior at Livonia High School, was diagnosed with cancer Oct. 12 - two days after her 16th birthday.

All of the proceeds from a benefit scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2 will go toward paying down medical and other expenses for a Livonia teenager who’s been battling a rare form of cancer ever since she was first diagnosed Oct. 12 – two days after her 16th birthday.

Sara Gray, a junior at Livonia High School, was recently diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer that forms in the outer layer of the adrenal gland. The cancer is exceedingly rare, with an incidence rate of one per one million people, annually.

“She has a significant-sized tumor in her abdomen that started on her adrenal gland (and) she has some other nodules in her lungs,” said Kimberlee Schifino, Sara’s aunt. “She just started chemo and we’re doing everything ewe can to raise awareness, raise funds fro the family.”

Sara and her parents, Steve and Christina, have also been making regular trips to Michigan to meet with an expert on Sara’s condition and Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester for treatment.

Money raised at Sunday’s benefit will help defray some of those travel costs, said Schifino.

Sunday’s benefit will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mount Morris Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 3 Elm St.

The benefit will include a chicken barbecue, basket and 50-50 raffles and a balloon-pop fundraiser. Barbecue tickets cost $10.

Those unable to attend Sunday’s fundraiser who are still interested in donating money for Sara’s medical and travel expenses can do so through a fundraiser, accessible online here.

As of Friday afternoon, the online campaign had raised more than $11,000 from 169 donations.

For more information about Sunday’s fundraiser or to donate, call Kathy Handy at 991-3756 or Lisa Rivera at 519-8531. More information also be found on the For Sara’s Sake Facebook page here.

“Our family is so incredibly blown away by the amount of love, generosity and prayers that we have received,” said Schifino. “We can’t thank people enough.”

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