Four years ago, doctors diagnosed a local woman with a type of cancer that occurs more often in men 60 and older.
Suzie McCombie was 27 when she learned she had multiple myeloma, which is incurable. Today, she's looking forward to a big event to help other area cancer patients.
"I feel great, it's unbelievable I could get to this point after all the stuff I went through," she says.
All that stuff she's referring to is severe back pain, that ended up being cancer, followed by chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.
Fortunately, Suzie had strong support as she went through cancer milestones like losing her hair. Her brothers shaved their heads as well. And her friends were always there to boost her spirits.
Suzie has moved on. She now holds a full time job as a dispatcher at Health Ride Plus in Northern Cambria, a medical transporation company.
Susie could be forgiven if she's been a little distracted recently, though. She's been working on and counting down to the fifth annual Suzapalooza.
The event is scheduled for Saturday September 7 from noon to 8 pm at Duman lake park in Ebensburg. It'll include a corn hole tournament and a basket raffle.
This year, donations help cancer patients at Conemaugh Health System.
Suzie says Suzapalooza which her friends originally started to help her out, has raised $16,000 to help local cancer patients in the past few years.