ELLINGTON - A benefit for Ruth A. Miles, who is battling cancer of the jaw and neck, will take place at the Ellington Rod and Gun on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Miles battle began in 1979 when she was stricken with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The disease rapidly affected Miles, and her ability to do all the things that she used to quickly vanished. Although medicine and technology progressed with time, and new medicines aided in alleviating her pain, much of the damage that RA did to her was irreversible.
In June 2012, Miles was to be upgraded to a medicine which promised better results for the treatment of her RA. It was at this time that doctors noticed a small sore which was developing in her mouth.
Within six months the small sore had grown to the size of a golf ball, and had spread to her neck and jaw bone. In January, she was diagnosed with head and neck cancer, despite never having smoked a cigarette in her entire life.
Surgery was scheduled to remove the tumor and affected lymph nodes, but by the time the three weeks of waiting for the surgery had passed, the tumor had doubled in size.
Despite the aforementioned, the surgery still took place. In the following weeks, while Miles recovered and prepared herself for radiation therapy to begin, she was told by doctors that her tumor had completely returned.
Now Miles faces waging the same battle against the tumor that she had already defeated once. As a means to offer Miles support and courage, as well as raise funding to help pay for medical expenses, Miles' family is hosting a benefit in her honor at the Ellington Rod and Gun Club on Sept. 14 from 2-8 p.m.
"We'd like everyone to come and show her that we love her and support her through all of this," said Tamara Miles, daughter. "It's important that she knows that we care about her and that we're with her through these tough times."
Tickets for the event are $10, and can be purchased at the door or through pre-sale by calling Tamara Miles at 485-6024. The event will feature a pig roast and a beer garden, however there will be activities for children as well, such as a bounce castle.
Additionally, camping will be available for guests who would like to spend the night. The fee for bringing a camper is $10, and tent camping is free. According to Tamara Miles, most of the family will be spending the night at the benefit.
The benefit will also feature music and raffles, and donations for items to be raffled off are still being accepted. Those interested in donating an item to the raffle may also contact Tamara Miles with details; anyone who would like to make a monetary donation toward Miles' cause may also do so by contacting Tamara.
The Ellington Rod and Gun Club is located at 1045 Hagerdon Hill Road in Ellington. It may be reached at 287-3987.