Sewing support in cancer fight

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Amy Roberts has the support of a community in her fight with cancer.

She was diagnosed one year ago with Amyoloidos, a blood disease effecting the blood protein, heart, kidneys and stomach. She is currently on dialysis in Steubenville three times per week and is in need of a heart transplant. While the Amyoloidos is in remission, the damage to her organs is non-reversible.

Roberts is a member and past president of the St. Clairsville Rotary Club. She served as a St. Clairsville Downtown Revitalization Task Force member, a founding member of the St. Clairsville Farmers Market, and St. Clairsville Holiday Shopping Night. She has been a Belmont County Fair 4-H volunteer, a bank manager at St. Clairsville PNC Bank, and is a mother of two school-age children.

“Amy is a dear friend and committed community member and wonderful wife and mother. Amy has done so much for our community and given so much of herself to them. We want to return the favor,” said Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede.

Joyce and Jeana Paglialunga, owners of St. Clairsville’s From Past to Present craft and quilting shop have sewn a rag quilt and will auction it off Dec. 16. Proceeds will go towards Roberts’ medical expenses.

Tickets can be purchased at the store site at 139 West Main Street or by calling (740) 526-9371. Tickets may also be obtained through Stephanie Siburt, manager of the Martins Ferry PNC at (740) 391-4445, Darlene Stuckey at (740) 310-3137, or the courthouse at (740) 695-9130, extension 154.

A benefit dinner is also planned for Nov. 23 at Shannon’s Place U.S 250 Colerain Ohio starting at 2 p.m. The benefit will include a pasta dinner, raffle and various other fundraising opportunities.

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