POINT PLEASANT — Friends are stepping up to help a person known for helping others.
A fund raiser and benefit dinner for Mandy Spencer of Point Pleasant will take place from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, March 11 at the First Church of God Ministry Center on Jefferson Avenue. Dinner will include baked spaghetti, salad, rolls, bread sticks and dessert. Price will be a donation and take out orders will be $5 each. There will be prize drawings and a “dessertwalk” every 30 minutes, as well as live entertainment throughout the event.
Spencer is an employee of Mason County Day Report, a well-known area photographer and a member of The Kitchen Table group which is the outreach committee of the Pleasant Valley Hospital Auxiliary. From delivering and serving meals to volunteering at The Kitchen Table events, Spencer has actively given back to her community.
In December, Spencer was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which is a rare disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks their nerves. GBS causes muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, numbness or tingling in in arms, legs, face, and other parts of the body. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing a whole body, or can even lead to death. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.
Spencer’s symptoms began in December 2016 with leg pain, weakness, and numbness. She was diagnosed with GBS on Jan. 6, after being transferred to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio from Pleasant Valley Hospital. She was treated for GBS while at Riverside and is currently at the Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center undergoing occupational and physical therapy on a daily basis. She is still in a wheelchair and has very limited use of her hands and feet. She is expected to make a full recovery but the recovery process from GBS is a slow process.
The exact cause of GBS is unknown and approximately only 1 out of 100,000 people suffer from GBS. GBS can affect anyone; it can strike at any age and both sexes are equally prone to the disorder. GBS is not contagious. There’s no known cure for GBS, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Most people recover from GBS, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.
Due to the debilitating nature of Spencer’s illness, she has been unable to work since the end of December. All proceeds raised from this Saturday’s fund raiser will go toward expenses Spencer had incurred since being diagnosed.
This event is being organized by Spencer’s friends, “Mandy’s Marvels.”
For more information, find the event on Facebook.