On Sunday, Rotterdam resident Nicole Pagano is counting on the community to come out in support of her sister, Gracie Goodwin, a 21-year-old who is battling leukemia.
From 1-6 p.m. at Back Barn Brewing Company in Delanson, Pagano will host a fundraiser for Goodwin, featuring raffles, cornhole and live music from Yankee Holler Band. There will also be food from Rotterdam-based Wagon Train BBQ. Attendees are encouraged to wear orange to represent leukemia.
Goodwin, who Pagano describes as kind and goofy, had been studying English at the University of Vermont and was on her way to becoming a graduate student when she was diagnosed earlier this summer with pre-b cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an aggressive form of cancer. Since then, she has been on an intensive treatment plan and has not been able to work or drive. Goodwin, who lives in Burlington, will likely have to remain on a strict chemotherapy treatment plan for eight months.
“Gracie is having good days and bad days, in and out of the hospital,” Pagano said. “Hopefully, after the eight months of treatment, they’ll reevaluate her and she’ll be able to go out in public and maybe work.”
She started a GoFundMe campaign for Goodwin earlier this summer, to raise $5,000 to help Goodwin pay for everything from medical bills to daily expenses. That campaign has already raised more than $7,000. Pagano hopes to raise even more this weekend.
For more on the GoFundMe, visit gofund.me/c1d48c89. Back Barn Brewing is located at 7082 Western Turnpike, Delanson.