Show up for Shelley
Friday, September 13, 2013
By LORETTA JACKSON
The best of a bad situation – it’s what people make when they have an optimistic spirit and a strong will to enjoy every moment of life.
Merrimack’s Michelle (Shelley Wells) Patch, 44, a wife and mother to three children attending Merrimack schools, has been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer.
She is making the best of each day.
A benefit fundraiser for Patch is scheduled for 5-8 p.m.,Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, in Manchester. Carrabbas Italian Grill in Bedford is donating the food. Live music backed by a deejay, a raffle and an auction are highlights.
Items donated thus far include 12 tickets to next summer’s NASCAR race, handbags from 31, and all-inclusive family membership to the Executive Health & Sports Center. A wine dinner for 12 at Carrabbas Italian Grill in Bedford is also headed for auction.
In addition, a golf foursome with former Red Sox great Rico Petrocelli was donated. The golf foursome will take place in the fall at Sky Meadows Country Club in Nashua. A signed photo and baseball is a part of the package. Other auction items include a 50-inch Flat Screen TV, two Southwest Airlines tickets to anywhere in the U.S., a weekend in a Newport home in Rhode Island, a private plane ride and more.
Patch works full-time despite her illness at Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology in Londonderry. Contending with routine bills encountered by a family of five and the increasingly heavy expenses for her medical treatment leaves little in resources. Friends, coworkers and family members were quick to support any plan to ease the vivacious woman’s plight.
Patch said she is both humbled and awed by the response of her family, friends, co-workers and community.
“I am grateful for the outpouring of support shown to me and my family during this challenging time,” Patch said. “My faith is what carries me and the love shown to my family is holding us firm.”
One friend, Aubrielle “Brie” Tesa, is running an Ironman race, the 140-mile Ironman Florida, on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Patch’s honor and to raise funds. Patch baby-sat “Brie,” years ago, and was a mentor and a role model Tesa admired. Race info is online: www.redsrally.org.
Tickets to the event are $20 per person or $50 per family. Those unable to attend in person may show support by visiting TD Bank, 300 Daniel Webster Highway, in Merrimack, and contributing tothe “Patch Family Fund.”
No reservations are needed to attend the benefit. Organizers would, however, appreciate an email of response so that an estimate of the number of attendees can be determined. An RSVP can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.