LONG BEACH - Two short months after an article appeared in the Observer describing the reunion of two brothers with their sister Donna Smith, whom they had not seen for 35 years, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Smith, daytime bartender at Nick's West, learned that she had an inoperable growth in her throat and sinuses. Due to the location of the growth, radiation treatment combined with intensive chemotherapy were the best treatment options available.

Smith is now finishing up her radiation treatments and will continue receiving chemotherapy indefinitely. At the present time Smith cannot return to work due to her severe reaction to the radiation treatments.

Her family, friends and coworkers are providing Smith with emotional support, but are unable to give her all the financial support needed. Even with medical insurance, co-payments and expenses not covered by insurance have eaten away Smith's other savings.

Smith is by nature a very independent, private and strong person, according to neighbor Ramier Frank, who has opened an account at the Great Northwest Federal Credit Union "for the benefit of Donna Smith." She hopes to raise contributions to defray mounting bills. Ms. Frank, and other friends and coworkers are distributing donation containers at Nick's West, Timberland libraries, Pioneer Market and other local merchants, for contributions to help her get through this traumatic experience.

The community is invited to attend a spaghetti and fettuccine dinner and a raffle at Nick's West in Long Beach to raise funds for Donna Smith. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. The raffle will follow at 7 p.m. and will include two electric motor scooters, helmets, fishing gear, photos, and additional items.

Advance purchases of raffle tickets can be made at Nick's West and Unique Petique.

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