Non-profit rallies in Bakersfield for associates who’re preventing most cancers

BAKERSFIELD, California – In May 2020, Susan Borg was notified that she had three to six months to live.

“And I basically said you know what, I’m going to fight,” she said.

Susan’s struggle with endometrial current sarcoma began in 1996. She was fine for years.

“Nobody would ever think I had cancer. I always only have [been] do something outside my door every day, “she said.

Now Susan says that she is fighting for her life.

“And everyone helps me,” she said.

Jacque Johnson founded the non-profit Bakersfield Pawsitive Connections in 2018.

“Advocate, educate, raise funds for animals. I wanted to hold the bond between people and their animals together,” said Jacque.

She met Susan through the organization. Their shared passion to help others formed a deep friendship. When Susan Jacque told her about her diagnosis, she thought it was a bad joke.

“Wait, we haven’t had enough time. You can’t leave me now,” said Jacque.

Jacque said she didn’t think she should help, but how could she support Susan immediately with her treatment?

“It was straight to the drawing board,” she said.

Stacie Tarango has been friends with Susan since she bought her vacuum more than 20 years ago.

“It was the longest demo ever and we just hit it off,” said Stacie.

“We’ve been friends ever since, and in fact our daughters are best friends too,” added Susan.

Stacy and Jacque, along with other community members, ran several fundraising drives to help Susan pay for medical treatment.

They held a raffle in January. Jacque said they asked for four baskets and the community provided 27, raising a total of $ 5,276.

“Susan does the same thing, you know, when it comes to helping the homeless, helping pets. She was always out there and could ask people for money and raise and raise money, and I think that’s probably why these women didn’t do it for the same reason I don’t think twice about doing it for them, “Stacie said.

They also made Think Pawsitive shirts to raise money, and they have a junk sale on Saturday.

Susan said she was grateful for the support.

“I’ve been so sick for the past few months and they’ve been there every day. Every day, “she said.” Through Pawsitive Connections and my best friend [they’re] so much to do and it really touched my heart. “

Stacie wants Susan’s story to remind everyone that you never know what someone is going through.

“Everyone has a story, and maybe if we were all kinder and viewed each as a story rather than just [that] Person over there, “she said

And Susan said she hoped others would be inspired to give back.

“I really feel like whatever it is, when it works with animal shelters, with a local rescue, with a mission or something like that, to join because you know it is a great blessing when you do “said Susan.

The rummage sale begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on 10021 Rosedale Highway.

To order a “Think Pawsitive” shirt, send an email to [email protected] Shirts are $ 25, and $ 10 of each shirt bought goes into Susan’s treatment.

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