Woman battling breast cancer gets help from local church

DONNIE BRYANT donnie.bryant@empiretribune.com
Woman battling breast cancer gets help from local church

Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Relay For Life will follow in the spring. But for Kathy Putrite, an employee of Saint-Gobain Abrasives, the timeline for help is a more urgent one. Harvey Baptist Church along with area businesses and local residents have come together in support of Putrite, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Last week she began a daily trip to Weatherford for eight weeks of radiation. With gas prices flirting dangerously near the $4 per gallon mark, the trek has placed a financial hardship upon Putrite and her family.

Putrite's daughter, Brandie Perales, has been driving her mother to the oncology center and has heard of help available at cancer.com. But time is at a premium, and no one has had the opportunity to research avenues for assistance.

“Both of us work from 6 a.m.-2 p.m.,” Perales explained. “Then we go to Weatherford, and then there's the drive back. We just haven't had a chance to check into it.”

That's where Harvey Baptist Church and friends come into play.

“Kathy and her husband Chet are part of our church,” Harvey Baptist Pastor Richmond Goolsby said. “And we wanted to help them in any way we can.”

To help defray fuel expenses, a fund raising pancake breakfast will be held at the church located at Cage St. Saturday morning. The $5 breakfast will feature pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

Perales reported Putrite is not suffering too many ill effects at this time and said there is a great deal of support from family and friends.

“Friends decided to do all of this for my mom and me,” she said. “Right now Mom is not affected too badly. She says it feels like being burned from inside out, like a sunburn. But we're ready for the worst and waiting for what's going to come. No matter what, Chet and I will be there for her as well as my husband and my two kids.”

Breakfast will be served from 8-11 a.m.

Donations for Putrite are being accepted in her name at Town and Country Bank.