Paint It Forward For Breast Cancer

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – One woman from Lycoming County is getting help in a fight for her life.

She’s battling terminal breast cancer and her grim diagnosis isn’t stopping her support system.

It’s the devastating diagnosis that no one wants to hear.
Kelly Masters Deland of Williamsport is battling stage 4 breast cancer..which has spread to other parts of her body.
Now, her supporters are joining together to make sure that they’re here for her to lend a helping hand..and in this case, with a paintbrush.
“We’re here to help support her financially in her struggles of fighting cancer,” said CEO of Pink Out, Kaylin Essick.
“We’re just out here to show our support for them and do what we can in any way we can to help out,” said Painter Kyler Essick.
 
A Paint it Forward and Pink Out event was held Sunday afternoon, to help Kelly with medical bills.
With basket raffles, t-shirts and bracelet sales..friends say even just a little bit can go a long way.
 
“I actually became a friend of hers just this year actually. She is a lovely a lovely person ery outgoing loves life loves people loves helping people,” said Painter, Colleen Barnes.

As these artists filled the studio with laughter and smiles..all while putting their paintbrush to canvas..they skillfully crafted “cancer warrior” lions in honor of Kelly’s strength.

“It’s great to see the community come together for one cause for one person,” said Essick.

 

“This year we are keeping the faith for Kelly and supporting her as much as we can,” said Breast Cancer Surviver, Barbie Barnes.

 

Barbie Barnes is a breast cancer survivor and finished her last round of chemotherapy in April.

She tells Eyewitness News she knows what Kelly is going through.

“It was a very rude awakening a huge experience of growth for me and really opened my eyes to the world of cancer. It’s something I was really unfamiliar with it was very challenging. It challenged my family it challenged my friends,” said Barnes.

For many of these painters , today is their first time..but they say they’d do it again in a heartbeat to help make a difference.
 

“I’m not very artistic so it’s a lot of fun so far. It’s nice to know even though we don’t know each other personally that they still have support,” said Essick.

“It lets them know they’re not alone,” said Barnes.
 
A portion of every ticket sold will be going towards Kelly and her financial needs.
 

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