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Breast cancer survivor needs community help

Employees of Har-Bro challenge other businesses in SCV

Posted: December 12, 2009 8:45 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Kim Le (above left) is battling metastaic breast cancer and needs help from the SCV to stay in her home with her family. Paul Waddell of Har-Bro, along with other employees is working to secure donations to help during the holidays.

 
The spirit of the holidays have brought the employees of Har-Bro — Paul Waddell, Kathy Lawler, Connie Molina, Lindsey Lassak, Jeff Swenson, Armando Lopez, Gabriel Bonilla, Seane Eifert and Payman Bahman — to the aid of Oanth “Kim” Thi Le and her family.

Le is one of the earliest clients of Circle of Hope, a breast cancer support group founded by Colleen Shaffer.

In 2001, the same year Le, her husband and two small children bought a home in the Santa Clarita Valley she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite being declared cancer-free in 2004, the cancer returned. In 2006 Kim became a client of Circle of Hope receiving financial aid for medical expenses, but even with that additional help with medical fees — finances were quickly depleted.

Le’s cancer metastasized to her bones and liver and by 2007 a tumor on her hip forced her to have hip replacement surgery, totally disabling her. It was believed she would never walk again, but Le fought long and hard to regain her ability to walk.

The Le family has had to close the family furniture business and despite working hard, they are now on the brink of losing their home — during the holidays.

Project Coordinator Paul Waddell and the employees of Har-Bro Valencia, a company that specializes in property damage restoration, want to challenge other SCV companies to help the Le family.

Le has a 12-year-old daughter, Kimberly, and 10-year-old son, Harrison.

“The holidays are coming and I want to see these people have a nice Christmas and a nice meal in their home. I want to see them keep their home and I think it can be done,” Waddell said.

Waddell and his wife (also a breast cancer survivor) have raised countless dollars for various charities, but the Le family touched their hearts with their story.

“Over the years my wife and I have been very happy to raise money for research and attend the benefits that celebrate fundraising.

But, I want to raise funds for people,” he said. “I want to take a look at right now, families that need help immediately because of disease. Let’s do what we can do. America is a ‘get it done’ country and I want to be a part of that, get it done and do what we can to help these people now.”

Waddell and the employees of Har-Bro have already raised $1,000 of their own money to assist Le and her family and want to extend a challenge to bring in more funds from businesses and community members all across the SCV.  

Waddell has raised money for Circle of Hope before, and he asks that donations be sent to Circle of Hope because he says he knows that, “every dollar you send to Colleen Shaffer goes to help somebody, and I appreciate that.”   

For information on how you or your business can assist the Le family this holiday season, contact Circle of Hope at PO Box 221461, Newhall, CA 91322 or call (661) 254-5218 or Paul Waddell of Har-Bro at (661)705-0100. Learn more about Circle of Hope at www.CircleofHopeInc.org .

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