Forty-nine-year-old Judy Carl is a cancer survivor.
She has been an active member of the Taneytown community for more than 20 years, and now her neighbors are rallying to her aid.
Saturday a combination yard sale and bake sale will be held at the parking lot across from the Plumbery in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St. in Taneytown. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will continue all day.
Rain date for the yard sale will be Saturday, June 5.
The bake sale will take place rain or shine, but in case of rain it will be held at the Taneytown Superthrift, in the 500 block of E. Baltimore St. Stop by for an inexpensive lunch of hot dogs, soda and chips, which the Superthrift is providing.
Any donations of items in good condition and baked goods not needing refrigeration will be greatly appreciated.
Items can be dropped off at the sale Saturday morning, or arrangements can be made to have them picked up prior to the event.
For more information, please call Sandy Crouse at 756-6077.
All proceeds will be donated to the Carl family to help pay escalating medical expenses.
Mrs. Carl is hoping to see her son Greg, his wife, Patti, and daughter, Brittany, at the yard sale. She said they have been a great support to her even though they live in Florida.
Past fund-raising efforts included a hymn sing at Mayberry First Church of God last month, and a softball tournament held last year.
Mrs. Carl has received more than 1,000 cards, many of them handmade from children of Taneytown Elementary School.
Members of the school staff bring her dinner daily.
Members of Taneytown Baptist Church and neighbors help her at home, and transport her to doctor appointments when son Jeff and husband Jim cannot.
Mrs. Carl was a teacher assistant for 20 years at Taneytown Elementary School, teaching kindergarten and second grade.
She was an active member of the Taneytown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
She worked for a time at Diane's Hallmark and operated a concession stand for the town's little league teams. She was an officer of the Boosters at Francis Scott Key High School.
She taught kindergarten Sunday school at Taneytown Baptist Church, where she is still a member.
In 1986, Mrs Carl had a mastectomy, but that did not hold her back. Four years ago she started a cancer support group held monthly at Taneytown Baptist Church.
After being free of cancer for more than five years, she found another lump in 1991.
Conventional radiation and chemotherapy treatments did not work.
A relatively new procedure was attempted. As a precaution, her bone marrow was also taken and frozen.
But something seriously unexpected happened.
After the procedure, Mrs. Carl suffered a severe gallbladder attack. The technique that had promised a speedy recovery did not work in her weakened state, and the bone marrow had to be reinserted.
The "autologous" bone marrow transplant slowed her recovery, but it saved her life.
Since December, Mrs. Carl has received platelets, blood components that control clotting. Because it is important that chromosomes of donor and recipient are compatible, siblings usually donate.
Mrs. Carl has six brothers and three sisters. One brother was a potential donor, but could not be used. When a compatible, nonfamily donor from Texas was found, a grateful Mrs. Carl was on her way to recovery.
She received her last transfusion April 12. Although the count is still low, her body is trying to produce its own platelets. This is a sign of improvement.
As a result of her treatments, Mrs. Carl now uses a hearing aid, and she has suffered nerve damage to her eyes and feet. Use of a walker has allowed her to enjoy pleasant weather, even though she cannot stay outdoors long because of poor equilibrium.
But, she said, even that is getting better.
She hopes to be back at school in the fall.
"We've seen her come a long way," said younger sister Phyllis Naundorf.
Last week, I wrote about Richard Stultz and the Liberty ship S.S. John W. Brown.
I regret that I made a terrible mistake and misspelled Mr. Stultz's name. I have personally apologized to Mr. Stultz and would like to thank him for his patience and understanding.
I apologize again, for the record, for any inconvenience this may have caused.