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Friends rally behind single mom with cancer

"Every time you turn around, there's something new coming up. It's life " you just keep on going," said Matthews.

Durand has organized a number of fundraisers to help Matthews, and the next one is a barbecue to be held at the Eunice Esposito Park in Rotterdam Sunday, Aug. 16. Giffy's Barbecue will provide the food. There will be a live band, an inflatable bounce house, giveaways and more. Tickets cost $9 for admission and the meal, which includes either a one-half chicken dinner or pulled pork dinner. Also included in the meal are a baked potato, cole slaw, roll and butter, a cookie and a beverage.

"We are hoping to raise enough money to ease Jackie's mind for the rest of the year so she can heal," said Durand.

To purchase tickets or for more information call Durand at 378-0557 or Jen Rice at 469-8220.

An auction to raise money is also being held online at http://www.apps.facebook.com/causes/291554. To donate items, log onto the Web site or call either of the numbers listed above.

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