LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is doing everything she can to help her cousin and best friend, who is battling two different forms of cancer.
Paula Weathers has started an account at Gofundme.com and is doing a raffle to raise money for Angy Falcon McDonald, a 34-year-old mother of two children, ages 13 and 9.
Weathers said McDonald needs help to raise the money for a much-needed bone marrow transplant.
"Please help her get the treatment she needs to beat this cancer," Weathers said.
Weathers said Angy is a graduate of Huntington High School and that she lived in Hudson before she moved back in with her parents in Tennessee in October 2013 because her father is also battling cancer.
Angy didn't learn about her own cancer until Jan. 18, Weathers said. She started feeling very ill and was rushed to the local emergency room. The hospital staff determined that her blood platelet level was at 11 million, and Angy was immediately tested for cancer.
Weathers said her cousin was diagnosed with CML, a type of leukemia, and myelofibrosis. The money being raised by Weathers will go toward a bone marrow transplant for Angy, along with any other medical expenses she might incur.
"Within hours, her life was changed forever," Weathers said.
Angy's mother has had to take medical leave to because Angy can't be left alone, Weathers said.
The Facebook page that Weathers has set up for Angy has messages like, "Don't lose faith. You got this" and "Hey cancer … picked the wrong chick."
Weathers explained that she is raffling off a 45-quart Yeti Cooler. Tickets are $5 each. People can also donate at the Gofundme link she has set up. So far, they have raised $660 toward their $5,000 goal.
To contact Weathers, call (936) 208-0848 or (936) 699-1000.