In order to help the family with their expenses and to show Erin their support, several friends and relatives have come together to plan fundraisers. Numerous events have been planned, starting with a Pampered Chef event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday March 5 at the Cicero American Legion. Other events include a dodgeball tournament, a bake sale and a traditional fundraiser. For a full list of events, see the sidebar.
Beitz said he and his family have been overwhelmed by the community's support.
"Everybody has been so incredible," he said. "We're hearing from people we don't even know -- friends of friends, other cancer patients, parents of cancer patients, so many people who have gone through this have offered us their support. It's amazing."
The family even got a call from a local church.
"It's not our church," Beitz said. "But there are a bunch of kids there that know Erin from school, and they wanted to have a prayer vigil for her We're getting calls like that all the time. We're just so grateful."
Beitz said that support, combined with Erin's very strong personality, will help pull her through this crisis.
"She's got quite a tough road ahead, and she knows it," Beitz said. "But I know she can get through it."
Fundraisers for Erin Beitz
The following events have been planned to raise money for Erin Beitz, 16, of Brewerton, who is battling lymphoma.
Pampered Chef fundraiser
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday March 5
Where: Cicero American Legion, 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero (behind the post office)
When: 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday March 7
Where: Heidi Hazen's Indoor Sports Facility, 65 Corporate Park Drive, Central Square
When: Starts at 6:30 a.m. Friday March 20
Where: 300 South State St., One Park Place, Syracuse
When: 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday May 3
Where: Cicero American Legion, 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero
For more information, contact Craig Waterman at firstname.lastname@example.org.