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Madison Heights Woman Won't Fight Cancer Alone

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Madison Heights, VA - A Madison Heights woman's fight against breast cancer has become a family affair.

Her relatives have sold 150 tickets for a fundraiser taking place next month. Local companies and singers are also pitching in to help.

They want Celia Kirkland to know - she isn't alone.

Kirkland's been going through chemo treatments since she was diagnosed February 1, and medical bills have been piling up since her husband lost his job a short time later.

So, relatives and complete strangers have joined the fight.

Celia Kirkland was in the prime of her life, a 28-year-old raising two boys when a single doctor's visit, a single diagnosis changed everything.

"The sad part is to see her when her children call out for her," explained her Aunt, Judy Argenbright.

She'll go through six rounds of chemo, 33 radiation treatments and had to have both breasts removed.

Her family says they don't have any health insurance. So, they're holding a fundraiser on May 3 at the Madison Heights Community Center to help cover the costs.

John Sines, Jr. and his son, Austin, have volunteered to perform musical numbers, and Harbor Inn Seafood is donating 400 pounds of chicken and 100 pounds of shrimp to the event.

The owner says it's a way of giving back to a community that's given so much to them.

"I have family members that are survivors of breast cancer. I also have employees that have survived," explained Denise Carter.

Lee Brooks, a race car driver, will donate all his race winnings to the cause. He says he was happy to paint his car pink.

If there's power in numbers, Kirkland's family says her cancer doesn't stand a chance.

"She's gonna beat it and she's gonna be there for her kids," added Argenbright.

Other businesses have contributed: Frito Lay, Flowers Bakery, Sam's Club, Lowe's, Tractor Supply, Stefany Tyree Photography, the James River Float Company, Budget Bridal, Lynchburg Car Wash, Schewels Furniture and the 29 Market.

You can order tickets ahead of time for $8.  They'll also be available at the door.

If you can't make it to the event, the family says you can donate to the cause here.

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