NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A group of local women, most of whom have never met, make it their mission to help a dying Conway woman.
Kelly Roddy was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and doctors gave her eight to 13 months to live.
She sought help on social media, asking for a few simple items, but that simple request turned into a massive fundraiser organized for her by total strangers.
Kristy Marsh, of North Myrtle Beach, was scrolling through a local yard sale Facebook group earlier this month when she noticed a post encouraging people to comment if they need items or to respond if they have items to give away.
Marsh saw a comment from Roddy that said, “Clothes for my daughter. Diapers, wipes. I’m dying of cancer and my disability doesn’t cover much of anything.”
Marsh started looking at Roddy’s profile and discovered that she needed urgent help.
The 31-year-old has three children, including a premature baby.
“When I looked through these messages, my heart just broke for her,” said Marsh.
Marsh began connecting with Roddy and realized she needed much more than the clothes, diapers, and wipes she asked for.
She barely gets any money because of a disability and it gives her a phone with limited minutes and data. Roddy also needs help paying for her car.
Marsh felt it in her heart to reach out to other people on Facebook to see if they could help.
Before long, she gathered a group of about 15 women—all complete strangers—who said they were willing to help Roddy.
“She’s 31 years old and she wakes up consciously every day, not knowing if this will be her last day on Earth,” Marsh said of Roddy.
Monica Riga is one of the women involved in the fundraiser and said Roddy’s story captured the hearts of the women because they could tell it.
“I think most of us are probably moms and just sympathize with this young mom who knows she’s dying of cancer and has these three young kids and doesn’t necessarily know what the future holds, but hopefully we can make that future help be rosy for her,” Riga said.
The group of women has put together a GoFundMe page that has already raised about $4,000. Click here for more information.
They also run fundraisers to help Roddy through a Facebook page.
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