Friends and family of Sheila Whaley and Lisa Israel, the Johnson City woman and her future daughter-in-law from Greeneville who are both undergoing cancer treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, are once again collecting donations for another in a series of yard sales that have helped them with the cost of their treatment, travel and weeks away from home.
The best news from the family is that Sheila, who underwent a bone marrow transplant at Vanderbilt late last summer for multiple myeloma blood cancer, is now in remission. The hair she lost in her many months of treatment has come back blonde and curly and is now just a little longer than that of her 11-month-old grandson.
“I am in remission right now and doing pretty good except for back problems from the cancer,” she said. “I have to take bone strengthening meds through my port every month, a chemo pill every day, plus trips to Nashville for checkups.”
The three large sales her family and friends conducted to help with her expenses covered the cost of a hotel near Vanderbilt, where she stayed for six weeks of follow-up care following the transplant and helped greatly with her many trips to Nashville.
Her monthly checkups at Vanderbilt were recently reduced to twice a year. Now comfortably back at home, she and her husband, Bobby, are taking charge of the next big sale to help both herself and Lisa, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on Dec. 18.
Lisa spent 29 days at Vanderbilt immediately following her diagnosis and is now back at her Greeneville home on a two-week hiatus from daily chemo injections that will begin again next month in Johnson City.
She is making monthly trips to Vanderbilt and is due back at the Nashville hospital on April 1 for the removal of a blood clot screen that is no longer needed. And if all of that were not enough, she expects to undergo gall bladder surgery in the near future.
Her fiancé, Sheila’s son Tim Tesnear, spent nearly three weeks camped in Lisa’s room in the Critical Care Tower at Vanderbilt before returning to work at the Church Hill roofing company where he has long been employed in early January. While he was able to repay his employer for an advance that made his time with Lisa in Nashville possible, he has since been laid off and is expecting to be recalled to work soon.
In the meantime, Tim has been put in charge of hauling any donated sale items in need of pick up. The sale will be held April 12 at Sheila’s home at 3511 McKinley Road in Johnson City and proceeds will be divided equally to help both Sheila and Lisa with their expenses.
Information about the sale or pick up of donated sale items may be obtained by calling Sheila at 963-4262 or Tim at 470-6803.
Monetary donations to Lisa Israel may be mailed to 1040 W. Summer St., Greeneville, TN 37645. Donations to Sheila Whaley may be mailed to P.O. Box 1692, Mt. Carmel, TN 37645.
The ninth annual Tri-Cities Toy and Hobby Show to help provide Children’s Miracle Network services at local Wellmont Health System hospitals will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 at the Appalachian Fair in Gray.
In addition to vintage toys, comic books, baseball cards, action figures, Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, Japanese Anime, Fisher Price Little People, knives, coins and other collectibles, this year’s show will include a silent auction of original comic book art and autographed baseball cards and baseballs.
Admission to the show is $3 and free for children age 12 and younger. Eight-foot vendor tables for exhibitors remain available for $25 each or three for $60.
All proceeds from the show’s vendor tables, auction and concessions sales will help the Children’s Miracle Network provide services and equipment for the pediatric neonatal and emergency departments at local Wellmont hospitals.
To reserve a table or for more information about the show, email Michael Stevens at email@example.com or call 538-0202. More information can also be found online at www.tricitiestoyandhobbyshow.com.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.