Local woman starts group “Linda's Hope” to help mother, others fight cancer

Sue Covert has seen the detrimental effects of cancer firsthand. Right now, cancer is hitting her family especially hard.

Her 67-year-old mother is fighting breast cancer, stage four sarcoma lung cancer, and thyroid cancer, while her father battles thyroid and prostate cancer.

“I call it the devil's disease,” she said. “People with cancer literally go through hell. I see my mom suffer from sickness. I try not to cry in front of her because that makes it worse.”

And earlier this month, she decided to do something about it. She started Linda's Hope, a non profit organization that raises money and awareness for locals dealing with cancer.

“It started for my mom to raise money for her hospital bills and trips to and from treatment,” Covert said. “But then we decided to contribute some of the money to the American Cancer Society.”

The American Cancer Society is a national organization dedicated to ending cancer through fundraising and research.

Last Saturday, members of Linda's Hope were on the Square during Route 66 St. Pattys Fest to talk to locals about cancer, their organization, and local resources. Covert said one of the goals she has for Linda's Hope is to help spread information on cancer awareness and prevention locally.

“I've met young people, babies, and elderly people fighting this disease. Cancer doesn't discriminate whether you are a newborn, 99 years old” she said.  “And I want to help these people. It's just not for my mom, it's for everyone.”

Covert said she wants Linda's Hope help cancer patients with everything from groceries to transportation. She has seen her mother struggle and wants to help others who are fighting the same everyday battle.  

“I heard this woman when we were at [Route 66 St. Patty's Fest] say that no one helped her when she had breast cancer,” she said. “That really hurt me. I want to help these people get the resources they need.”

Linda's Hope will host a yard sale benefit this Saturday as the group's first event. The Yard Sale will include all sorts of donated items and a bake sale. It will start at 6 a.m. in the Waynesville City Park and will go on for the day.
Covert hopes this will be the first of many events for the organization. Linda's Hope will also participate in Relay for Life.
For more information, see Linda's Hope of Waynesville on Facebook.