Cambrian: Opinion

Benefit Cambria barbecue planned after brain cancer diagnosis

I’ve mentioned here quite often lately — far too often — that an inordinate number of friends and folks are facing the most trying of circumstances from losing homes and jobs to death. One of the best things about this town, this crazy little hamlet I call home, is that we are a real community. We stick together. We may cuss each other out every other day, but when it comes down to a moment of need, we’re there. 

A fundraiser is in the works at the end of October for our dear friends Jan and Earl Moon, which I’ll write to you about later (he fell off a ladder and fractured his cervical vertebrae and bruised his spine; he’s now in rehab in Southern California.) Meanwhile, however, yet another friend needs our support, and the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion are asking you to join them Oct. 3 in providing that support.

Longtime Cambria resident Gloria Ardis, age 56, had a feeling something wasn’t right many months ago. Fatigued, fuzzy head, forgetting words. It was chalked up to stress and overwork. Mind you, Gloria is a very hard worker and meticulous in any activity she takes on. She perfectly orchestrated countless weddings up at Ragged Point and elsewhere, among other things. What was going on?

Fast forward not long after, she was noticing these changes and other more physical issues were arising. It came to light, finally, that she has brain cancer. Gloria is single mother of three sons who grew up in Cambria but has no other family nearby. A cadre of friends has been helping her maneuver through the intricacies of the health and welfare system to get her the help she needs.

I am hoping as you read this that she will have finally gotten on a schedule for radiation as a beginning of her treatment. It will be a long road. She herself has been very supportive of others and their journeys, as I’ve seen posted all over Facebook. When these things happen, they are always unexpected and always shocking. Think how Gloria feels.

And so, Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, a barbecue chicken dinner will be served with beans, salad and garlic bread (eat- in or takeout). For only a $15 donation, you not only get dinner for you, your family, your neighbor (or buy one for one of the street pilgrims), but you can help a fellow Cambrian in need. Oh, and there will also be a raffle and a silent auction to boot.

I’ve known Gloria for a long time. She’s a no-

nonsense gal who does the best she can like the rest of us. She’s always been kind to me, and it breaks my heart and I look forward to giving her a hand the best I can. Isn’t that what we do?

So, join us for a breaking of bread Oct. 3 in support of our friend, Gloria. Feed your belly, feed your soul.