FRAMINGHAM – Seven years ago, Framingham native Rhonda Rutkowski was diagnosed with breast cancer. Rutkowski, a fighter, beat the cancer, while continuing to teach special education at McCarthy Elementary School.
Unfortunately, the cancer has returned for Rutkowski, 51, with a vengeance.
Rutkowski is now battling a rare form of the disease called inflammatory breast cancer. It has spread to her adrenal glands, her spine, her brain and her liver, and due to its severe nature, she is being treated at Brigham and Women’s and Dana Farber in Boston.
After 14 years with McCarthy, Rutkowski began working at Glen Ellen Country Club, and was working as a substitute teacher at McCarthy Elementary. But with intense treatments, she is no longer substitute teaching this year.
As the bills begin to mount, her family and friends are rallying around her with both emotional and financial support, said McCarthy teacher Lisa Zanella.
On Wednesday, January 25, there is a fundraiser scheduled at La Cantina restaurant on Route 135 in Framingham from 6 to 9 p.m. The event features food and dancing. The cost is $25 per person. To purchase a ticket email Zanella at email@example.com
“If your life or your child’s life has been touched by Rutkowksi or you want to help an amazing woman with her struggle of a lifetime, please consider making a donation of goods or services to be part of a silent auction or gift basket to be sold at this event. Gifts of any kind or amount are greatly appreciated,” said Zanella.
If you can not attend but want to help, a GoFundMe has been set up. You can donate by clicking here. More than $4,800 has already been raised.