After Audrey Macke of Wakeeney survived breast cancer eight years ago, she hoped the cancer wouldn’t come back. Then in February the disease struck again — this time in the form of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Macke recently completed her fifth round of chemotherapy at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, where she has stayed since her treatments began, said her daughter-in-law, Jonna Dinkel of Hays.
Dinkel and other family members and friends are holding a fundraiser June 23 to help with Macke’s expenses.
The community flea market, “Bargains for a Benefit,” will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Westview Church, 3000 W. 41st, Hays. Macke has been a longtime member of the church.
Community members are encouraged to hold their own garage sales at the event, donate items for the benefit sale, and just come and browse for bargains, Dinkel said.
“All vendors are welcome, and we are accepting any types of donated items,” she added.
Donated items can be dropped off at the church on June 21 and 22. Dinkel also is accepting donated items at her home, 2221 Southview Drive, outside of Hays, where she will store them until the sale.
Those holding their own garage sales at the event are asked to donate 20 percent of their proceeds to the fundraiser, Dinkel said. That money will help with Macke’s living expenses while she is getting treatment, Dinkel said.
Those attending the flea market will be able to purchase items from food vendor trucks. Farmer’s market vendors will also be selling items. Dinkel said several local groups have donated nice items that will be raffled off.
Volunteers are needed to sort through and price items prior to the sale, Dinkel said. Those wishing to participate in the sale, volunteer, or make donations are asked to contact her at (785) 656-2505 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside the church, she said.