AuSABLE — Sarah Tromblee survived breast cancer once, but recently, it metastasized into her bones.
Last Sunday, she traveled to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta, Ga., for evaluation.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity,” she said Saturday in a phone interview, but “leaving my family is going to be hard.”
Sarah, 37, and her husband, Rolland, have three daughters: Avery, 12; Madison, 9; and Natalie, 2.
Regardless of illness, Sarah said, her No. 1 priority is her children.
She is a teacher; Rolland works at Ward Lumber in Jay.
Last weekend, the girls designed T-shirts with the slogan, “Team Sarah,” that will soon be for sale to generate support for their mom and help the family pay for travel and uncovered medical bills.
“They did a great job,” said Julie Miller, Sarah’s best friend since they attended AuSable Valley Central School together.
“We were in each other’s wedding,” said Miller, who lives in Keeseville.
She has been a leading figure organizing fundraisers to help offset the costs Sarah’s travel and treatment.
“There’s nothing more important,” Miller said. “When God hands you things, you just have to do it,” she said. “There’s no other choice.”
The community has rallied around Sarah and her family; Miller has even had out-of-state calls from people who want to help.
The Facebook page Team Sarah (Walton) Tromblee has played a major role in getting the word out, as has word of mouth, Miller said.
“It’s an overwhelming amount of support,” Sarah said.
Following evaluation this week, she returns from Georgia on Thursday, Miller said. Then she will travel there as needed for treatment.
Several fundraisers will assist with that expense.
▶ A bowling tournament is set for Saturday, April 20, at Riverside Lanes in AuSable Forks, with shifts at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Raffles and 50/50 drawings will take place, as well.
▶ The Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department is holding a car wash and bottle drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
▶ A michigan dinner will take place starting at 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the American Legion in AuSable Forks, with an auction at 6 p.m.
Miller said big items will go up for bid, including an autographed New York Giants jersey and a Lake Placid weekend getaway.
Donations of auction items are still welcome, she said.
Other events are in the planning stages for this summer, among them a possible 5K run and horseshoe tournament.
Along with the T-shirts that will soon be available, pink bracelets with “Team Sarah” and the breast-cancer ribbon are for sale.
“It’s a good, strong community,” Miller said of the outpouring of support, “so when something like this hits, people really stand up.”
— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.
HOW TO HELP
Team Sarah T-shirts, priced at $10 and $12 for plus-sizes, and bracelets for $1 each can be ordered on the Facebook page Team Sarah (Walton) Tromblee and will also be available at fundraisers.
To donate items for the May 17 auction, call or text Julie Miller at 569-7991. Checks made out to Rolland or Sarah Tromblee may be mailed in care of Miller to 29 Hill St., Keeseville, NY 12944.