Friends and family organize benefit for West Michigan woman with breast cancer

Posted at 8:11 PM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-15 20:11:05-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Close friends and family members are helping Angie Murar in her fight against breast cancer.

FOX 17 met Angie back in June when she was helping other’s fighting cancer by putting together “Chemo Survival Kits.”

She’s been fighting this battle for almost a year now, so friends wanted to help her because of what she’s done to help so many others.

Murar, 35, said fighting cancer is the most difficult thing she has ever had to do.

“I lost toe nails, my fingers are disgusting and you lose your hair,” said Murar. “It causes the tightening of your skin and a burning, like severe sunburn and itching.”

Bobby Lusby, Angie’s best friend, remembers the day he heard the news.

“When I got the call from her she was sobbing, telling me she had breast cancer and it just broke my heart,” said Lusby. “I never thought that I would ever get a call like that from her.”

Murar’s last surgery cost about $20,000, and she’s not done yet. She has co-payments for chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and she’s expecting another round of surgery.

So, Lusby and other friends are throwing Murar a benefit to offset some of the medical bills.

The benefit is Oct. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Whitlow’s Banquet Hall at 4610 Airline Rd in Muskegon.  It will be Halloween themed because that is one of Angie’s favorite holidays.

There will be a cost at the door of $10 for adults and $5 for children over two-years-old.  The fee will cover the cost of dinner, dessert and a beverage.

“But it's also to show support for Angie and ask others for help because she's supported so many others,” said Lusby.

Angie will finish radiation on Halloween and anticipates three more major surgeries which could take up to two years to complete.

She believes that staying positive and laughing with her friends has gotten her through more than she could ever have imagined.

After her radiation treatments are complete, Angie will be putting together “Survival Chemo Kits” for children fighting cancer after her last day of radiation.

If you wish to help Murar with the “Survival Chemo Kits,” or you need more information on her benefit, please contact Bobby Lusby at 231-206-1462.