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Miss Cayce's First Radko Winner Raves about Raffle Tree

Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store is hosting their 2nd Annual Charity Rumble and Raffle.
MIDLAND -- Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store is hosting their 2nd Annual Charity Rumble and Raffle. Eight local charities are involved in selling tickets to raffle off a 7.5 ft. Christmas tree decorated by the Show Me Decorating experts and loaded with Christopher Radko ornaments. The tree is donated by Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store and valued at $5,000.

The charities will each keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised by their organization. Tickets are $10 each and will be available for sale from the participating organizations and also at Miss Cayce’s Nov. 7th through Dec. 3rd.

The drawing for the tree will be Thursday, Dec. 5th LIVE on KMID’s Good Morning West Texas program!

The eight charity organizations involved in the event are: Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support, Inc. (MAAS), Alzheimer’s Association, Bynum School, American Diabetes Association, Gifts of Hope-Midland, Keep Midland Beautiful, Lee High School AFJROTC Booster Club, and the Lonestar Animal Shelter.

Last year’s winner of the Radko decorated tree, donated by Miss Cayce’s was Lyndee Latch, who was then, and is still, suffering from lung cancer. Lyndee bought four raffle tickets from the oncology nurses at the Allison Cancer Center to benefit the charity, Gifts of Hope, Inc. At the time the Radko tree was delivered by Miss Cayce’s to her home on Dec. 7th 2012, Lyndee was at one of her six chemotherapy sessions, each lasting six hours.

Lyndee said, “Imagine my delight, coming home to a gorgeous fully decorated and lighted tree in my living room when I got home from the hospital. Miss Cayce’s completely set it up for me.”

Lyndee’s chemotherapy sessions lasted from October 2012 through Jan. 2013. After she was finished with her chemotherapy treatments, she was on Avastin for seven months that shrunk the cancer cells, but the tumor has continued to grow. Lyndee is on medication now and will find out Nov. 14th if the medication has made a difference. If not, she hopes to get into a test group for eight weeks.

Lyndee said, "I cannot say enough good things about my doctors, Dr. William Williams at M. D. Anderson and Dr. Manny Mangat at the Allison Cancer Center. They are the best.”

As Lyndee went on to state, “I am among the 30% of lung cancer patients that have never smoked. It’s called environmental cancer. It is not curable.”

Lyndee is married to husband, Dave Latch and has four children and five grandchildren.

She said, “I have come to terms with what has happened to me, but my biggest regret is that I won’t be here to see my grandchildren grow up.”

She goes on to add that her Miss Cayce’s tree is not set up in her house yet, but will be soon, and she and her family will enjoy it again this Christmas. Lyndee’s raffle ticket purchases, including her winning raffle ticket, benefited Gifts of Hope, Inc. a non profit organization devoted to supporting cancer patients to come to the Permian Basin for their cancer care. The Gifts of Hope Foundation provides a place to stay, assists with medical expenses and helps ease emotional and physical stress while a patient is coping with cancer.The foundation provides a home called the Hope House, at no cost, to cancer patients who chose to come to Midland for their care.

As Fatima Castillo with Gift of Hope, Inc. said, "This event adds to the spirit of sharing during the holiday season. Last year, we sold 350 raffle tickets, earning more than $3,500 for our organization. Miss Cayce’s is a local treasure and to hear about the opportunity to win a fully decorated tree was far too good to pass up, so selling the tickets was easy. We recruited the Gift of Hope board members,volunteers, clients and the Texas Oncology staff to sell tickets on our behalf".



2nd Annual Charity Rumble and Raffle
Miss Cayce's Christmas Store

1012 Andrews Highway - Midland

Raffle Tickets - $10 at the store

Raffle ends - Tuesday, December 3rd
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