A fundraising effort has been launched for Amanda Harris, who is currently recuperating from and undergoing treatments for breast cancer.
The wife of trainer Andrew Harris, Amanda was diagnosed a stage III case in March 2015. Her treatments began in April and after 12 rounds of chemotherapy doctors reported her tumour had shrunk significantly. In late July, doctors performed a bilateral mastectomy and were able to remove the remainder of the cancerous growth from Amanda's chest, breast, and armpit.
Now nearing the conclusion of proton radiation therapy treatments, Amanda will be on hormone therapy for the next five years. The cost of many of these treatments have not been covered their medical insurance.
(To read Amanda's story in her own words, click the following link: Amanda Harris - My Story)
Trainer Casie Coleman has spearheaded a fundraising effort to help Amanda, Andrew and their two daughters with the cost of the treatments. The harness racing industry has responded with an outpouring of generosity, and the items donated will be available in an online auction to be conducted later this month. More details on the auction will follow, but an initial list of donated items includes (but is not limited to) stallion services, sporting event and concert tickets, equine supplements, autographed driving colours, racebikes and joggers, apparel, Little Brown Jug tickets, cosmetics and design services.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to provide individuals with another avenue to contribute financially.
Coleman and her team of volunteers behind the fundraising initiative still welcome donations for the online auction. If you have something to donate, please contact one of the following individuals:
Casie Coleman - 609 495 5662
Ken Middleton - 519 222 3711
Stacey Miller - 561 531 0614
April Campbell - 905 906 1973
J Harris - 905 807 7223
Keren Harris Kurz - 613 292 9713