Benefit For Falconer Woman Set For Sunday

FALCONER – A benefit will be held Sunday for Deanna Boardman of Falconer who has been battling several health issues for more than a year.

The benefit will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Falconer Moose Lodge, 11 S. Dow St., Falconer. There will be a spaghetti dinner, with the price for adults $8 and $5 for children 10 and under. Ginger Johnson, Boardman’s sister, said there will be a Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing during the benefit.

“We have some good items for the Chinese auction. We have Amish quilts, a chair from Fancher Chair and lots of gift baskets,” Johnson said.

Boardman has been battling numerous health issues since March 2012 when she went to the hospital for a stomach ache, and they discovered she had a ruptured bowel.

“On March 4 (2012) the doctors said she only had a 2 percent chance of even making it through surgery, but 12 hours later she made it through,” Johnson said.

Because of the ruptured bowel, Boardman had kidney failure and needs to have dialysis. Johnson said Boardman goes to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk three times a week for dialysis.

During the past year, Johnson said Boardman has had to deal with a lot of insurance paperwork to find locations for treatment. During this time, Boardman has had to do a lot of traveling to find specific locations for treatment.

“She has come a long way, but she still has a long way to go,” Johnson said.

Johnson said Boardman is making progress having had her feeding tube removed and being taken off of oxygen. Johnson said Boardman is a fighter.

“Ten years ago she had cancer, and they gave her three months to live then,” Johnson said. “She is a real survivor. I call her ‘Rocky.’ She is amazing.”