Family of cancer patient putting on benefit dinner at Franklin Inn

It can be hard not knowing how long a loved one will live but one local family working to make the best of their situation.

Marla Langley-Flynn’s family will host a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Franklin Inn on October 21 at 5:30 PM, raising money for Langley-Flynn’s medical bills for her cancer treatment.

Langley-Flynn, 58, has suffered from a variety of cancers over the past two years, most recently being diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic renal cell carcinoma, a kidney cancer that has no cure. She had already had one of her kidneys removed because of cancer and had cancer spread to her lungs, her vertebrae and a new strain in her liver that was discovered a month ago and had to be frozen.

Diane Hoyt, Langley-Flynn’s sister, said she goes to the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit every other Tuesday for treatments, including blood transfusions and taking chemo pills, the copay for two pills alone costs $1,200.

“She got six months to live,” Hoyt said. “Well, she’s surpassed those six months. As long as she seeks treatment, we don’t know how long it will last.”

Before she was diagnosed with cancer, Langley-Flynn worked as a job coach for adult foster care, which includes helping people get to work. She has also worked in Romeo, but she has not been able to do any work because she cannot stand.

“She hasn’t slept in a bed in two years,” Langley-Flynn said. “She can’t lie down in pain, she has to get into a recliner.”

Langley-Flynn has two daughters: Jessica Dubs, 31, married with three children of her own, and Rachel Flynn, 19, who is by her side every day during this treatment. Langley-Flynn’s husband is the only one in the household with a job and is insured through his job.

The spaghetti dinner, hosted by Hoyt, Jessica, Rachel, Hoyt’s daughter Beth Rudzis and cousin Julie Lubeski, at the Franklin Inn will include a raffle and auction, with some of the prizes including cornhole boards, a swing, a wheelbarrow, gift cards and gift baskets . Organizers are still looking for bigger items like TVs.

Hoyt said organizers are trying to see how much money they can get so Langley-Flynn doesn’t have to worry so much about her finances. Aside from medical bills, there are other household bills to cover.

“I pray for a miracle,” Hoyt said. “I know there is no cure, but I have wishful thinking.”

Tickets for the benefit can be obtained in advance by calling Hoyt at 989-551-3478, Julie Lubeski at 989-429-3890, Jessica Dubs at 989-493-5667, Rachel Flynn at 586-651-9939 and Beth Rudzis at 989-315-6118. You can also contact them for donating items to the auction.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10.

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