NICHOLSON- Many residents of Nicholson and Northeastern Pa. bonded to raise money to help a family that has been a staple of the community for decades.
A fundraiser was held June 23 at the Nicholson Carnival Grounds to help defray medical costs for the Lindsey family.
According to event coordinator Francine Kiryluk, Marlene Lindsey was diagnosed with brain cancer in October and died June 12. Her husband, Jerry Lindsey, was diagnosed with lung cancer in February and two months ago discovered he has bone cancer as well. He was scheduled to travel to Manhattan June 27 for surgery to remove part of his bones and lungs.
The couple has owned Lindsey’s Variety Store, 74 Main St. Nicholson, for the past 40 years. Their four daughters: Wendy, Johanna, Laura, and Briana, helped at the event.
The fundraiser featured entertainment, games, a dunk tank, basket raffles and food. Nicholson Bridge and Lindsey Variety T-shirts were also on sale.
Kiryluk was overjoyed by the show of support at the event.
“It was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever been through,” Kiryluk said. “Everyone was so generous and kind. Every bit of food and all of the prizes were donated.”
In addition, 167 baskets were donated after Kiryluk put a message about the event on social media website, Facebook.
While she is unsure of the total amount raised, Kiryluk said her daughter counted $10,000 in $20 bills alone.
“It was unbelievable,” she said.
Donations can be sent to: People’s Bank P.O. Box 346, Nicholson PA 18446
Kiryluk added that Lackawanna Trail High School senior English teacher and Athletic Director Harry Powell volunteered for the dunk tank.
According to Kiryluk, donations came from far beyond the Nicholson area.
“One of their daughters works at Sam’s Club and they donated baskets,” she said. “People were here from Hop Bottom.”