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BY: Tiffany Monde, Tonawanda Source | November 01, 2012

TONAWANDA - On Sunday Nov. 18, “Drive for Dana,” will take place from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Gratwick Firehall. Dana Waliszewski was diagnosed with Stage III Invasive Ductal Breast Carcinoma as well as Melanoma. The benefit is being held to help her and her family with medical and living expenses while she is out of work.

“She was diagnosed back in April, she has already gone through four months of chemo, and had a mastectomy,” said Julie O’Neill, Waliszewski’s sister. “She has responded well and because of this they think her chance of reoccurrence is less likely. She will be starting six weeks of radiation next week.”

For the past ten years Waliszewski has worked at the flagship Capello Salon in Williamsville, O’Neill said they have been extremely supportive.

“They do pink Fridays every week and wear pink for her. They have also sold a lot of T-shirts and bracelets to help raise money for her,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill said, while she has been battling the two cancers she has been determined to fight and continue to live her life normally. The wife of Tom Waliszewski and mother of two children, her son Max and daughter Ella, she continues to cheer them on in their activities and tries to keep her family’s sprits up. Whether it’s her son’s soccer games or her daughter’s dance she is always there to support them.

“She has always been confident that she was going to beat this even thought it didn’t look good when she was first diagnosed,” said O’Neill.

At the benefit there will be live music from “Tumbling Dice,” a Chinese Auction, a bake sale, and a 50/50 split. They are also accepting gift baskets that will go directly to her cause. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10-years-old and under.

“She is just the most loving caring person and would do anything for anybody. We all want her to come through this and in the beginning we really didn’t know how it would end up,” said O’Neill. “We have all been praying that it will have a good outcome and the support from the community has been strong.”

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