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Weekend bazaar will benefit leukemia patient Sharon Rogers

Blythe Terrell

— When the chips are down, the Hayden community steps up, Kathy Hockin said.

Hockin is part of a group of women putting together a benefit bazaar Saturday for Sharon Rogers, a friend and neighbor. Rogers is undergoing her third chemotherapy treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

“It’s a little community, and we don’t have all the resources big communities have,” Hockin said. “And when somebody’s having a hard time and is laid up, we try to do what we can do. (It’s) nothing formal – we just try to do the right thing.”

The women are selling gift items such as baskets of personal products, stuffed animals and candles, Hockin said. There’s no entry fee for the bazaar, which will be at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

The money raised will pay someone to help Rogers with cleaning and other tasks at home, help pay for additional home health help if needed and possibly pay for a handicapped-accessible ramp at Rogers’ house, Hockin said.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Rogers said. “It’s really good.”

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Rogers was diagnosed with leukemia in 1999. The first two chemotherapy treatments didn’t help much, Hockin said.

“The third one is looking very successful,” said Hockin, who has been friends with Rogers for 25 years. “Her white (blood cell) count’s coming down, and we’re very excited about that.”

Rogers said she would have one more treatment during this round, and then doctors will re-evaluate her.

Several other Hayden women have been involved in the benefit to help Rogers, Hockin said. Hayden resident Debby Shaw has assembled about 50 gift baskets, Hockin said.

Those include items such as foot creams, lotions and lip gloss, Shaw said. The women also plan to sell Christmas decorations, storage bins, potpourri, baby clothes, women’s clothes, teapots, rugs and more, she said. The women simply want to help a neighbor, Shaw said.

“We just all decided this lady can’t be alone all the time, and she needed some help in her home,” she said.

In addition to benefiting Rogers, the bazaar will offer inexpensive items, Hockin said.

“We’re hoping it’s a good opportunity when times are hard for people, that they’re able to buy some nice things and not spend a lot of money,” she said. “We’re hoping it serves a twofold purpose.”

Rogers, who has lived in Hayden for 24 years, said she was grateful.

“This is just a miracle,” she said.

If you go

What: Benefit Bazaar for Sharon Rogers. All proceeds will go into a fund to help defray medical and personal costs for Rogers.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15

Where: Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden