Cancer survivor to party with a purpose at Black Horse in Bridgeville
No matter what, party with a purpose.
That's the philosophy Pat Kaley, 65, has embraced since she was first diagnosed with cancer 18 years ago. She beat breast cancer then and started to coordinate trop rock concerts with her husband, Dan, just months later. They have incorporated charitable efforts in all of the performances they have organized.
After two more bouts with cancer, most recently having her spleen and a 4.2 centimeter mass removed behind it in October, Pat and Dan have organized another trop rock performance for Friday, Nov. 15, at the Black Horse Trail Bar and Grill in Bridgeville.
“She's had cancer three times in the last 18 years, and she just keeps going, organizing these events, owning her own business, just going through all of these battles, but still living life,” said Nancy Petti, Dan's younger sister.
“I look at her and her strength and think that I can get through anything.”
Trop rock musician John Reno will perform at 5:30 p.m. On top of a $5 cover charge, Pat and Dan are also asking that attendees donate unwrapped toys or gift cards to Wal-Mart or Kmart, though no beneficiary has been chosen.
The $5 cover charge is to pay for the entertainment, but toys, gift cards and proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will benefit children for the holidays.
“We haven't decided on a charity yet, but there's going to be somebody that needs help,” Pat said.
The Black Horse, located at 608 Washington Pike, previously has hosted four trop rock performances coordinated by Pat and Dan. Each incorporated efforts to raise money for local families and charities, including The Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery.
“It's always a fabulous experience with them,” said Cindy Ransil, co-owner of the Black Horse. “They bring great crowds, have fun and help other people.”
Pat hopes that more than 100 people attend the concert, which will happen on the weekend before she undergoes 18 weeks of chemotherapy as a preventative measure.
“Just hearing you have cancer is horrid, and anytime you hear cancer you have to ward it off,” Pat said. “It makes you realize being an adult isn't always good with so many responsibilities and that you don't break out of that mold enough. We need more time to play.”
Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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