Woman hosts yard sale to raise money for cancer research

June 22, 2011 at 1:22 a.m.
Updated June 23, 2011 at 1:23 a.m.

What started out as one woman's tribute to the mother of her childhood friend has become a communitywide fight against breast cancer.

Sabrina Wagner, 29, has set out to raise $3,000 as part of her commitment to a 60-mile walk in the Susan G. Koman 3-Day for the Cure event in Dallas.

She's dedicating her walk to Lydia Arriaga, her friend's mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Arriaga is now in remission.

"She went through a year's worth of (chemotherapy), a lot of hard times and was really sick, but she's still with us. So I'm thankful," Wagner said.

Wagner will host a yard sale beginning Thursday to help reach her fundraising goal. She'd been wanting to have a garage sale, so this seemed like the perfect time and the perfect cause. It's a win for everyone, she said.

"If I can sell (my stuff) to someone who needs it and wants it, then I can put the money toward, hopefully, finding a cure," she said.

Since advertising her effort on Facebook and Craigslist, Wagner said she's received a few truckloads donations from businesses and individuals. Family and friends have helped raise money, and Wagner made it a point to mention the unending support of her husband, Martin.

What's more, Wagner's 12-year-old son will run a dunking booth at the yard sale, and her 6-year-old daughter is helping bake cookies and cupcakes.

Wagner said she never expected such an overwhelming response.

"It means a lot that people are out there not only supporting me, but also supporting breast cancer research," she said. "I'm really appreciative of that."



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