Benefit planned to raise money for children of cancer patient



— Michelle Drinkwater-Fletcher is a fighter.

Diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer on Jan. 31, 2007 she has since had a double mastectomy, hysterectomy and many other treatments, only to have the cancer return six times.

According to her friend, Katie Koepke, a Davison Police Department employee, each time the cancer returned, it has been much more aggressive than the previous time.

“She was given two months to two years to live,” said Koepke. “That was two years ago.”

Drinkwater-Fletcher, 33, received bad news this summer after her cancer was found to have come out of remission. Koepke said her doctor noticed a spot on her Axillary lymph node on Aug. 11. After another biopsy and multiple tests doctors determined the cancer had returned as stage 4 and is now in her liver. Koepke said she has a 16 percent chance of surviving one year.

Drinkwater-Fletcher is a single mother to three children that mean the absolute world to her, said Koepke. She is now afraid her children won’t have anywhere to live if she can’t win this fight with cancer.

Not only is Drinkwater-Fletcher in fear of losing her home, she also fears she is unable to give her children the life they deserve.

Koepke and other friends are hosting a benefit to help the family. The benefit will be at the Long Branch Saloon, 1327 East Frances Rd., Mount Morris, on Oct. 17 from 2-7 p.m. Dinner will be served as well as a cash bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 50/50 drawings and many prize raffles. Koepke said they are asking for a $10 donation per plate for the dinner.

Details: E-mail
or call 810- 252-9699 or 810-965-2710. — Gary Gould

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