AHWAHNEE — Join friends and neighbors at the Hitching Post on Wednesday, July 17 as the nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) honors Shay Farias. The event begins at 6 p.m. and you’ll be greeted at the door for sign-in. Your reservation will secure a seat for your meal and tables will be shared as the community gathers to support this local woman in her time of need.
In Mariposa, Shay is a direct care staff member for First Step Group Home and is also an assistant chef at Costa Livos La Cucina Italia.
Before pursuing a career in food service, Shay spent four years in the US Navy stationed in Japan, but experienced her greatest trials when she returned from her post and irregular results from standard medical tests led to a biopsy that revealed small cancerous tumors in her cervix.
Shay has already undergone three rounds of chemo and is scheduled to receive two more, according to HOW organizers. If the cancer is still present after the chemo has finished, they say Shay may have to undergo surgery or participate in a clinical trial.
These medical bills are costly and Shay needs help to support herself during this trying time.
The community is invited to join together at the Hitching Post to show Shay an abundance of love and support in her time of need. Please RSVP to Tokens at (559) 658-5428 with the number in your party, or if you have any contributions or questions.
HOW meets monthly to celebrate one deserving woman who receives the community’s support when she needs it the most. Those participating in the HOW benefit will offer $10 or more as a suggested donation for Shay and pay for their own dinner as usual. Proceeds from the July event go directly to Shay at the end of the evening.
Recipients of HOW are always a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss or who has been through a period of loss within the last 12 months. Irreplaceable loss is defined as a catastrophic loss which cannot be recovered.
HOW says that “one woman with $10 can buy another woman lunch. Ten women giving $10 can buy another woman’s groceries. One hundred women giving $10 can really make a difference in another woman’s life.”
If you know a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss, come to the July HOW meeting and nominate her to be the next recipient. Recipients are chosen in a public drawing.
“Remember that by helping one woman, we help one family and one community.”