A Non-Profit Raises Money for Yuma Cancer Survivor

A Non-Profit Raises Money for Yuma Cancer Survivor

A spaghetti supper will be put on by the Yuma Jaycees for Mary "Cathy" Theis who has been diagnosed with endometrial cancer. 

A family friend and Jaycee member tells News 13 what motivated the group to reach out.  

"We saw the hardship she was going through so we wanted to help them. They have helped a lot of people and are always willing to help if you ever need them for anything. We wanted to give back to them and help," says Michelle Collum. 

Theis works as a criminal clerk for the Yuma Justice Court but has been on an unpaid leave for 8 months due to various health problems. Not being able to work made it difficult for them to make ends meet, but their financial situation turned for the worst when her husband lost his job. 

"We never thought something like this could happen to us, we weren't rich but we were comfortable, we were able to get by from payday to payday. We were able to go out to dinners once and a while and we never figured we would be in this type of predicament," says Theis. 

Although she has health insurance, Theis says the co-payments and medication are beyond their reach. She also says the government does not offer much assistance for those who are going through this type of crisis. 

"You're pretty much on you're own, if you have children then you will probably be able to get some help from them, but if you're an adult you're on own, you don't have much of a choice. You have to find it the best way that you can and fortunately I have some really great friends and Jaycees that have come up with this benefit for me," says Theis. 

The Jaycees are really hoping the community will come out and support their efforts. 

"You never know when it's going to happen to you and we try to pay it forward all the time. Hopefully it never happens to you, but if it does then hopefully karma will take care of you," says Collum. 

The benefit is on November 12th  from 4-8PM. The dinner is $7 dollars; there will also be a raffle and silent auction. All of the proceeds will go to the Theis Family.

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