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October 3, 2012

Plattsburgh father, son both fight cancer


While the Flemings are dealing with the physical and psychological shock of the catastrophic illnesses, the financial clouds are gathering. Shawn and Alex haven’t been able to work since their diagnoses; Alex has had to take the semester off, as well.

And an earlier knee injury forced Diane to leave her job, too. She had been scheduled for surgery when Alex was diagnosed. 

Her surgery has since been put off indefinitely.


Diane’s sister Carrie McDonald and other family members have organized a raffle to help the Flemings with their everyday expenses, as well as the growing cost for therapy-related travel and incidentals. Friends and local businesses have come together to donate items for the raffle, but more help is needed. Currently, more than 50 prizes are up for grabs. 

The headline prize, so far, is a Thompson black powder rifle, donated by Dick’s Country Store in Churubusco, where it is on display.

Shawn said what has touched him the most is the outpouring of support he, Alex and Diane have received from friends and family. 

“It’s people who care about you, wanting to do something to help. People are always offering their help, so what do you tell them to do?”

HOW TO HELP A raffle has been organized to help the Fleming family with expenses, with the drawing set for Nov. 2 at the American Legion post in Chateaugay; winners need not be present when their names are drawn. Buy tickets, priced at $5 each, at Dick's Country Store in Churubusco; Jreck Subs and Lucky Strike Lanes in Malone; or by contacting Sue Hebert or Stacey Wood at CVPH Medical Center. McDonald can also be contacted directly for tickets. Carrie McDonald, who is selling tickets, too, has also set up a Facebook page at in support of the fundraiser. Businesses and individuals who'd like to donate items can reach Carrie McDonald at 497-3235 or call or text 651-7930.

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