Stacy, center, with daughters Sinedu and Abby.
continued Among those friends are Messenger editor Tami Scott and Michelle Aurelio, who are organizing a benefit to help Haley and her family pay for her ever-rising medical costs, including co-pays and transportation.
“She's one of my best friends. She's been on a rough road for a while now, and has seven children to care for while she deals not only with breast cancer but with the financial and emotional hardships that come from divorce,” Scott said. “Both Michele and I want to make sure she can prioritize her well-being — if she needs to take time off work for a few days, then take it. We don't want her to worry about the financial consequences while enduring the side effects that come from chemo.”
The benefit will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Café at 407, 407 Tulip St., Liverpool. There will be coffees, hot chocolate, tea and soda, as well as a variety of desserts provided by Café at 407. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Michael Crissan and acoustic duo Mojotune. There will be items for a silent auction donated by local businesses as well as raffles; donations are still being sought for both. Advance tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at Café at 407, the Market Diner across from Destiny USA, and the Energy Lounge in Baldwinsville. Scott and Aurelio can also provide tickets.
If you can’t make the benefit but you’d like to help, checks can be made payable to "Stacy L. Haley Benefit Fund" and mailed to Tami Scott, 5 Gulfline Road, Liverpool, NY 13090. Contact Scott at 652-9405 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aurelio at 935-3082 with questions.
A Facebook page has also been set up both for the benefit and as a way to support and encourage Haley: Facebook.com/SweetSupportforStacy.
Haley said she’s been overwhelmed by all of the support she’s received.
“I don't even have words for how I feel. I'm just in awe,” she said. “I've always been very independent and not usually one to ask for help from others. This experience has been very life-changing. I'm blessed that I have so many people who care about the kids and me.”