The event will feature a Mammogram Mobile and raffles for gift baskets valued at $80 to $100 worth of merchandise in each. There will be a Pet Lovers Basket, Downtown Middletown Shop Local Basket, Swire Inn Basket, White Dog basket and more.
Live music will be offered from 8 to 11 p.m.
Helton, formerly Jamy Chaney, has been with Trenton Police Department since 2001, first as its first female police officer, then later its first female police sergeant. She was a sheriff’s deputy for three years before joining TPD.
A mammogram last July, Helton’s first at age 43, led to more testing and biopsy surgery, where doctors diagnosed her with stage 2 breast cancer.
In August, she underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Since then Helton has fought an infection and now is undergoing chemotherapy, Dranschak said.
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Dranschak, who became friends with Helton and her husband and fellow officer Steven Helton as they patronized the business prior to the diagnosis, recalled the moment the couple told her about the diagnosis, which was projected to keep her away from work for six to eight months.
“She was just in tears that night and we were discussing ‘What can we do for you?’ and that’s when we started talking about ‘We’ll have an event,” Dranschak said.
Dranschak said if the fundraiser is a success, White Dog Distilling will make it an annual event with a new recipient each year.
A GoFundMe account was established in October to help raise $10,000 for the Heltons, who are parenting seven children. As of Friday afternoon, the effort was a little more than halfway to that goal with $5,275 raised.
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