LIBERTY — October continues to get sweeter. Community members in Liberty are supporting an annual event to benefit three local women who are battling different types of cancer.
This year marks the 12th annual “Joy to be Bald” fundraiser.
The program was founded by Lori Mayer, who lost her close friend, Joy Mehuren, to lung cancer in 2011.
Through the month of October, Mayer said she hopes to continue to honor her friend by offering financial assistance to help other cancer patients.
The fundraiser includes a bake sale, head shaving and Walk-a-Thon event as well as a spaghetti dinner drive-thru.
“The last two years have been even harder because of the pandemic,” said Mayer.
“You hit those bumps along the road, but you know something those people suffering cancer, they don’t have a choice. So we don’t have a choice if it rained. My outlook is to fight for them,” she said.
Darcy Giacomuzzi was diagnosed with breast cancer in August.
Giacomuzzi and two other women are recipients of this year’s fundraiser.
She said with the generosity and support of her family and the community, she’s been able to stay strong during her fight with cancer.
“I don’t even realize it until they reach out. I’m like, ‘Wow.’ It’s really cool when people showed up to walk or a message, or to drop food off, little care packages or gifts come in the mail,” said Giacomuzzi. “It’s just so amazing. I didn’t know how big my circle was, I guess.”
Mayer said they’ve raised nearly $5,000 so far.
To contribute to the cause, you can visit the Joy to be Bald Facebook page.