A Redding woman lost her eye to cancer in 2011, now the community is joining together to raise money for her new prosthetic eye.
Dennise Edwards says it has been a tough road to recovery and she is thankful to have all the support.
“To look at myself in the mirror without my bandage, I miss my eye,” said Edwards.
In December 2011, 45-year-old Edwards lost her eye to Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Doctors removed a tumor causing her to lose her right eye. Now cancer free, she says the road to recovery has been physically and emotionally difficult.
“One side is this side that is basically ugly and this side is normal and I can put makeup on,” said Edwards, “even to cry I miss a tear going down my face.”
Edwards says her family has been her biggest support system, especially her mother who has been by her side since the beginning
“This was my daughter. I would rather go through it than have my children go though it,” said Pat Wallace, Edwards' mother.
Thankful to be alive Edwards wants to reach out and help other cancer victims and survivors.
“We only have one life, only one, we might as well make the best out of it,” said Edwards.
The next step in her recovery is getting a prosthetic eye, something she is very excited about.
“I would love to be able to mix in with the group and not feel so self conscious about myself,” said Edwards.
While it hasn’t always been easy, Edwards says she tries to keep a positive outlook on life, even cracking a few jokes along the way
“I got to keep my on eye on this. You know I have a great sense of humor, you might as well make the best out of it,” said Edwards.
Forty thousand dollars is needed for Edwards' prosthetic eye. There will be fundraiser Wednesday night at the Elks Lodge in Redding from 5 to 10 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
For more information on the fundraiser and how you can donate, please visit http://www.eye4dennise.com