Benefit Saturday for Hastings woman

Kelly Pittman of Hastings knew she was sick when she was admitted to Mary Lanning Healthcare with pneumonia in March.

Unfortunately, no one knew just how sick she was at the time.

“The fluid on my lungs they tested and they came back as cancerous cells,” Pittman said. “They diagnosed it as being stage 4 lung cancer.”

On Saturday, friends and family are gathering to host a benefit to help cover Pittman’s living and medical expenses.

The need for the benefit is great as Kelly has been out of work for several months.

She was forced to quit her job as a home health nurse not long after receiving her cancer diagnosis partly due to her strict regimen of chemotherapy and radiation.

With all the changes in her life, Kelly said she still feels blessed.

“I found a lot of great community support and the cancer center here is really nice,” she said.

Pittman’s daughter Chaeli McKnight is organizing the benefit with the help of her sister Cassie Kershaw and Pittman’s six grandchildren.

Her husband Anthony Pittman has also been a great help with not only the benefit but his wife’s care.

The benefit is 1-7 p.m. Saturday at Chautauqua Park and will feature a potluck freewill donation meal, silent auction, raffle, bake sale and music by Smokey B and the XYZs.

“It’s just kind of a great big get-together, I hope,” Kelly said.

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