Breast cancer – two words no woman ever wants to hear from her doctor’s mouth. A life-altering diagnosis that brings about fear, pain, stress and for many, a great financial strain.
This is the case for Tina Moser. Moser went to a routine yearly exam, and a spot was found that caused concern. She was sent for further testing and that spot turned out to be nothing serious, but wanting to be as thorough as possible, the other breast was examined more closely and a mass was found. This time the results were not so good.
“Tina had come to me and asked me to pray for the tests and results before she went, and I was more than happy to do so,” Samantha Dunham wrote to the Record-Herald recently. “She didn’t want to alarm her daughters, Emily and Kaley, if it came back okay, so very little was said about it. She’s a strong woman, not just in terms of physical or mental strength but also a woman of strong faith. She has the faith to say ‘God, I don’t want to have cancer but if there’s some reason why I need to go through this then please give me what I need to make it through.’”
Tina and her husband, Joe, both work full-time jobs and their family depends on those incomes to provide for their needs. But add on the cost of tests, surgeries, medications and loss of income due to being unable to work, and that’s a big stretch to meet all their needs.
The Moser family has been attending New Holland United Methodist Church, and are all active and involved in many parts of the church. Moser, according to Dunham, is a prayer warrior, always praying for others and always asking about updates on folks and asking if there’s anything more that could be done. She and the girls are in the church choir and very active in the youth group. The whole family attends Sunday school and have touched the hearts of many in the congregation.
“This is why the church has decided to hold a benefit dinner with all the proceeds going to the family to help with medical costs and expenses,” Dunham wrote. “We are eager to help in every possible way, and we want to invite the surrounding communities to come alongside of us and help.”
The dinner will be held on Nov. 11 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The meal will consist of chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce and dessert, along with a drink. The cost of the meal is $8 for adults and $4 for children up to 10 years of age. In honor of veterans, the church will provide a free meal to them as well.
“I’ve seen firsthand what many people coming together can do and I believe we can make a difference together in the life of this family,” Dunham wrote. “If you are unable to attend please consider adding Tina and her family to your prayers; I know they would greatly appreciate that. Every act of kindness to others is an act of kindness to Christ.”
The church is located at 105 W. Front St. in New Holland. Carry-outs will be available for those who can’t stay and eat. Additionally, Dunham encourages residents who cannot attend to help support the family by donating to the “Tina Moser’s War on breast cancer!” gofundme.com account at www.gofundme.com/tina-mosers-war-on-breast-cancer.