The monster from Patty Spears-Smith’s nightmares is real.
It is the cancer that lurks inside of her, destroying her internal organs and wreaking havoc on her health.
Even though surgeons have taken out her appendix, much of her intestines, her cervix, uterus and lymph nodes, the “evil” lives on.
The cancer has even spread to Spears-Smith’s finances: Even with insurance, Spears-Smith and her husband, Ken Smith, are about $50,000 in debt.
How to help:
What: Spaghetti dinner benefit and silent auction
When: 5-8 p.m. Friday
Where: Monroeville Elementary School cafeteria, 101 West St., Monroeville
How much: $5