Luling woman on road to recovery from cancer

‘Fishing for Frankie’ tournament will help her cause

Becky Savage recently received a dose of amazing news when doctors informed the Luling resident that she was officially cancer-free. Savage was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 15, 2014, and has been undergoing intense treatment ever since.

But while her health is intact, her fight is not quite over. The struggle is now a financial one.

Such is reality in this day and age.

A single mother of two, the 36-year-old Savage has been unable to work since a December double mastectomy. Plans to return to work since then haven’t worked out due to medical complications: she suffered intestinal bleeding after beginning chemotherapy in February, and at one point required a blood transfusion.

“It’s been difficult,” she said. “I’ve really been leaning on my family. My boyfriend has been incredible. But with no financial income whatsoever since this began, it’s been a real struggle to even pay the light bill or pay rent.”

Savage’s mother battled breast cancer, and because of that, Savage said she was able to detect her own affliction.

“I knew what I was looking for,” Savage said. “I brushed my hand against it, and I knew immediately. It felt like what she felt like. As it turned out, I had four tumors.“Within two weeks of my diagnosis, it became a whirlwind.”

Savage recently underwent another surgery and said she’s recovering well. She hopes to return to work August 10, but in the meantime, many have stepped up to help.

A GoFundMe page has been set up (www.gofundme.com/beckysfight) and nearly $3,000 had been raised to help her cause as of Monday afternoon.

She will also be the beneficiary of the 7th annual Fishing for Frankie Memorial Bass Tournament. That tournament, which will be held Aug. 8, was established in memory of Frankie Champagne Jr., a resident of Luling who passed away in 2007 following a battle with lung cancer.

Fishing for Frankie also sponsored a blood drive for Savage July 9, hosted by First National Bank USA. A goal was set at 25 pints, and 35 were collected.

“It’s all been so amazing, to see how many people actually care,” Savage said. “The people behind Fishing for Frankie have put this together and it’s been unbelievable. People are so incredibly supportive and you realize how great those people are when something like this happens.”

Those seeking more information on Fishing for Frankie at fishingforfrankie@gmail.com; Audrey Champagne Raziano 985-703-0135 or April Champagne Sellers 504-756-7020 for more information.

Check-in will be after 4:30 a.m. at Pier 90. Weigh-in will be at noon at Pier 90. Entry forms for the tournament are available at First National Bank USA in Boutte and Norco, Majoria’s in Boutte, Roussel’s Hunting and Fishing in LaPlace, Outdoor Express in Paradis, and Pier 90 in Avondale.

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