Fundraiser to help cancer patient get out-of-state treatment

Fundraiser aims to help Knox cancer patient get out-of-state treatment

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Sarah Davis was only 23 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. (source: family) Sarah Davis was only 23 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. (source: family)
The day she cut her hair as the effects of chemotherapy began to set in (source: family) The day she cut her hair as the effects of chemotherapy began to set in (source: family)
"I'm not the only person that has cancer," Sarah said. "I was like, I don't know if I deserve all of this. They said yes you do, you do. It's humbling. I can't say thank you enough." "I'm not the only person that has cancer," Sarah said. "I was like, I don't know if I deserve all of this. They said yes you do, you do. It's humbling. I can't say thank you enough."

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Sarah Davis, of Knoxville, has waged a two-and-a-half-year battle with breast cancer that has spread. She's hoping for cutting edge treatment soon, but it's out of state and expensive so a movement is underway to get her the help she needs.

Sarah has an absolute joy for life. It's one of the reasons her friends are working together to try to help save her.

She was only 23 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought it bravely, even smiling on the day she cut her long blond hair as the effects of chemotherapy began to set in.

Around the same time, Sarah lost her beloved father and brother.

Today, at 27, her cancer is back, and it has spread. "I have cancer in my liver, in my chest, on my hip bone, on my tail bone and in my brain," she said.

There were six tumors in Sarah's brain. She had 15 rounds of full brain radiation treatment and gamma knife surgery, which only got rid of some of the tumors.

"On my last MRI scan, there were two new tumors that had appeared and three others had shrunk but were not completely gone," she said.

Now Sarah says the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, known for its advanced, alternative cancer treatment, would give her a chance.

"My doctors here are absolutely wonderful, but it's all in different places and I'm so young," Sarah said. "I want the best possible options."

But the clinic requires $25,000 up front to even see her. That's where Sarah's friends have stepped in, getting Froyoz frozen yogurt involved.

"We knew that Froyoz was involved with fundraisers in the community and we wanted to see if they would help us help Sarah," Brooke Chester said.

And Froyoz has. On Wednesday night, the company is donating 15 percent of each sale to the cost Sarah's medical treatment in Texas.

"Her story, it breaks your heart," said Froyoz National Franchise Director Terry Bateman. "She's such a beautiful young girl. She's got so much life ahead of her. We just want to help in whatever small way we can to help her get to the next stage in her life."

Everyone involved says it's the least they can do for a young woman whose light shines on everyone she meets.

"She has shown joy. She has shown peace. She has shown friendship, and she doesn't look to herself," Brooke said. "She looks to others."

The effort is giving Sarah's mother, Betsy Davis, renewed hope. "In the last four weeks, I was beginning to get a little discouraged. It's really lifted our hopes and has been encouraging to us knowing other people care that much to try to help her do something we really don't have funds to do," she said.

"I'm not the only person that has cancer," Sarah said. "I was like, I don't know if I deserve all of this. They said yes you do, you do. It's humbling. I can't say thank you enough."

Here's what you can do to help Sarah Davis win the fight against cancer. On Wednesday, June 13 from 5:00-11:00 p.m., go by any Froyoz location and tell them "I want to help Sarah."

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