There are times when you don’t realize the impact of your life on others until tragedy strikes. Such is the case with Alicia Mays-Gettler. The 35 year old, wife and mother of 2 young children has been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Alicia is an N.U. graduate and worked as a waitress locally at Maria’s restaurant and the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. Family and friends of Alicia are organizing a benefit to help pay medical bills, and support her two young children during these difficult days of Chemotherapy that leave Alicia weak and unable to work to help provide for her family. Alicia’s mom Denise tells us about her daughter.
“She’s a wonderful person who has a very kind heart. Everybody that meets her loves her. She has two children, a four year old, Aiden, and a 13 year old, Dominic and she’s married to a wonderful man, Jared. Seven months ago, she had a lump and now it’s turned into breast cancer. One out of five people get it. It’s the worst kind of breast cancer you can have. It’s very aggressive.”
In addition to 2 funds for Alicia, one at Wells Fargo bank and another at Citizens bank, the Hope, love and relief benefit is set for Friday October 14 from 6 to midnight at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. Tickets are $20 dollars for adults and $10 dollars for children. A multitude of gifts have been donated to raise funds including an autographed football from another N.U. alum, Andrew Jackson of the Atlanta Falcons and a Notre Dame sweatshirt autographed by N.U. graduate Taylor Dever, autographed Doobie Borthers memorabilia and gift certificates from Goombas, Kane’s and Maria’s restaurants among many other prizes. Denise Mayer calls her daughter a fighter.
“She’s a fighter. That’s what we call her, our little fighter. She’s a tough girl. I just thank everyone over the air from our family, from our hearts and just God bless them for everything they’re doing. I can’t believe it. God bless you guys.”
For more information about the benefit you can contact Bobby G at Independent productions the mobile DJ service, and a family friend of Alicia at 615-1226. The event is also on facebook under An Evening of Hope, Love, and Relief: A Benefit for Alicia Gettler / Mayes.