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September 1, 2013

Stage 4 Life assisting cancer patients through fundraiser

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Over the years, the group has fulfilled many heroes’ wishes. They’ve sent a family to a Dallas Cowboys football game with three days at Great Wolf Lodge. They provided landscaping to patient’s homes, an iPad with accessories and had a tree removed that threatened a woman’s home.

“Our most recent request was from a 19-year-old young woman named Maddy whose dream was to work in the fashion industry,” Shutt said. “Working with the Affinia Hotel in New York City and Southwest Airlines, we arranged for her to tour several fashion houses escorted by Jonathan Kayne from ‘Project Runway.’

“Sadly, Maddy passed away before she could make the trip. We were all devastated. However, her family assured us that just the thought of making that trip allowed her to focus on something other than her treatments.”

This year, the group will present the first-ever Stage 4 Life Award of Excellence to Patty Gasso. Gasso not only led the University of Oklahoma women’s softball team to win the National Championship, she did so while going above and beyond to assist those affected by the May 20 tornadoes in Moore.

“Patty is a shinning example of the Stage 4 Life mission, which is to bring an opportunity for laughter and relief to Stage 4 cancer patients. She went out of her way to provide this opportunity for the people of Moore.” said Viray.

The event will include a live and silent auction, a raffle, a cake auction and wine pull as well as many door prizes. The items being auctioned off include an autographed guitar from Toby Keith, a cocktail dress designed by Johnathan Kayne, concert tickets with hotel stay at Riverwind Casino, a 10-night stay in Costa Rica and more.

For more information on the event, email Viray at tinaviray@verizon.net.

For more information on Stage 4 Life, visit stage4life.com.

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