IT IS SOMETHING MANY PEOPLE FACE.
WHEN A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER GETS A LIFE THREATENING
DIAGNOSIS - YOU WANT TO HELP - BUT HOW?
-- ERIC --
A MADISON WOMAN IS GIVING UP SOMETHING SHE'S HAD FOR
IN HOPES OF SAVING A FRIEND.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER IS HERE WITH HER STORY.
ERIC AND MICHELLE - WHEN SARAH LUEDTKE LEARNED A FRIEND
WAS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE - SHE DECIDED TO GIVE UP
SOMETHING SHE'S HAD - FOR VIRUALLY HER WHOLE LIFE.
there's good stuff in here.
WE ALL HAVE THEM - PHOTOGRAPHS - PRECIOUS MEMORIES
oh, everyone is happy.
IMAGES THAT TELL A STORY ABOUT LIFE.
it really kind of helps you to evaluate where you
came from, and where you are and where you're going
IN THOSE PHOTOS YOU CAN MEASURE TIME.
little yellow tutu, blond curly hair.
AND FOR SARAH LUEDTKE-
it was a little bit longer than shoulder length.
TIME CAN BE MEASURED -
long, red, curly
NOT IN DAYS - BUT IN THE YEARS SINCE SHE GOT CLOSE
TO A PAIR OF SCISSORS.
i haven't had a haircut in 5 years.
AND AS HER HAIR GOT LONGER.
and it just grew and grew and grew and grew.
AND AS HER HAIR GREW - SO TOO DID A FRIENDSHIP.
i love this one of jim.
SHE MET JIM GAINEY WHILE THEY WERE BOTH ATTENDING
and we've been friends for a very, very long time,
about 14 years.
AS THE YEARS PASSED - THEIR FRIENDSHIP GREW - JUST
LIKE SARAH'S HAIR.
THE THING ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHS THOUGH IS THIS - THE HAPPY
TIMES LAST HERE FOREVER.
IN LIFE - THEY DO NOT.
ABOUT A YEAR AGO JIM - A HUSBAND AND FATHER OF TWO
- WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE FOUR COLON CANCER.
IN A FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE - WITH MOUNTING MEDICAL BILLS
- SARAH WANTED TO HELP.
they need help and this is what i can do.
i don't have much, but i've got this.
HAIR - GROWN OVER MANY YEARS SHE'S WILLING TO CUT
FOR DONATIONS - SO THAT A FRIEND MIGHT LIVE FOR MANY
i want to do everything i can to ensure that jim gets
to spend as much time as possible with his family.
he has to beat this.
SARAH IS SEEKING DONATIONS FOR EVERY INCH OF HAIR
SHE CUTS - WHICH SHE THINKS WILL BE AROUND 24 INCHES.
THE CUT DATE FOR HER HAIR IS SET FOR APRIL 26TH -
AND THE HOPE IS JIM GAINEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE
HONORS AND CUT HER HAIR.
SARAH HAS SET UP A YOU-CARING WEBSITE WHERE DONATIONS
CAN BE MADE - WE HAVE THAT ADDRESS IN OUR STORY ON
CHANNEL 3000 DOT COM.
-- ERIC --
AND A REMINDER.
YOU CAN FIND US ONLINE, AS DAVE SAID, AT CHANNEL 3000,
AND ON OUR MOBILE APP.
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