Being self-employed can be a joy and very empowering, but when tragedy struck for Erma Marsh earlier this year, being self-employed brought a whole new array of issues. For one, being self-employed meant Marsh has no health insurance, and because her business is successful, she isn't eligible for assistance.

Recently, doctors found growths in Marsh's abdomen. After running some tests, they advised Marsh surgery would be necessary and suggested it be done as soon as possible. With the surgery scheduled in just a few weeks, Marsh and her family are at a loss as to how to cover the mounting medical expenses they face.

Something Marsh does have working in her favor is the fact that she lives and works in Stephenville - a community of people who come together and help one another in times of need. Marsh's friends and family have planned a pancake breakfast to raise money for Marsh.

The breakfast will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7-10 a.m. at the Dublin Senior Center. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids and senior citizens. There will also be raffles and a bake sale.

Donations can also be made in person at any First National Bank in Texas or mailed to the Erma Marsh Medical Benefit Account c/o First National Bank, PO Box 400, Granbury TX 76048. Kellie Hamm, who is heading up the benefit breakfast said she will accept donations in person or via mail c/o Kellie Hamm, PO Box 425, Stephenville TX 76401.

"Every little bit helps," Hamm said. "Everyone's help will be greatly appreciated. Please share this information to anyone who can help or just help spread the word. And thank you in advance. Erma will absolutely appreciate everything."