Fundraiser to help Carriere native with rare form of cancer

Published 7:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2016

The opportunity to help a Carriere native, Rhonda Lindseth, who is fighting form of breast cancer will be available on August 22. 

Lindseth’s sister-in-law Tami Edwards, along with Pine Grove Baptist Church members, organized a fundraiser to help raise funds for Lindseth’s medical expenses. 

The fundraiser will be at Jack Read Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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During the event, the church will be selling jambalaya lunch plates for $10 to help offset the costs of Lindseth’s cancer treatments. The lunch includes jambalaya, corn on the cob, bread and a dessert. Also, people can call ahead of time to preorder a plate by calling Pine Grove Baptist Church at (601) 798-3645.

“To be able to gather the community together to help out Rhonda is an answered prayer,” Edwards said. The Lord has put everything in place for this to happen.” 

Edwards has known Lindseth long before she became her sister-in-law, and said she is known for doing things for people without asking for anything in return.

“She is the sweetest, most kind person you will ever meet. She loves her job and if you have ever had the blessing of meeting her, you would think she has never had a bad day in her life,” Edwards said.

Lindseth is currently a third grade teacher at Pearl River Central Elementary School. However, she took some time off to fly to the border of Mexico to get cancer treatment.

Lindseth was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer stage four a month ago. 

Edwards said 1 to 3 percent of people that have breast cancer develop this form, and treatment is not available in the United States.

Yesterday, Lindseth flew to San Diego where she will then travel to Mexico to get treatment at the Hope 4 Cancer Institute.

“When people talk about Rhonda, you only hear great things. She is such a happy person. To help her in her time of need is the least we can do for Rhonda because she does so much for us. It’s what we are here for and, with the hand of Jesus, help her and support her,” Senior Pastor Cody Warren of Pine Grove Baptist Church said.

The treatment Lindseth is pursuing costs more than $40,000 and is not covered by medical insurance.

“A diagnosis will not define what God can do, and we know that God can do mighty things with Rhonda,” Edwards said.

Those unable to attend the fundraiser on Monday are asked to pray for Lindseth during this time. Also, Edwards has set up a GoFundMe page,