Carson City, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com)-- A local woman is fighting stage 4 brain cancer and the community stepped in today, April 7, 2013 at the "Bald is Beautiful" event in Carson City.
Tiffani Barber-Bonaldi was diagnosed with giant cell glioblastoma in December of 2012 and one week later underwent surgery to remove the tumor.
Now she is living her life to the fullest while undergoing two different types of chemotherapy. In an effort to help pay for her medical bills, Salon Chocolat, where Tiffani is a stylist, hosted a fundraiser in her honor.
Friends, family, co-workers, children and even strangers came out to support Tiffani and raised more than $7,000. Tiffani's Mom, Faith Barber says the community outreach has been amazing, "Carson City has just come and united together and surrounded and loved my daughter like I can't even... look around... ya know, everybody is baking or praying or something, somebody is trying to help in some way."
Salon owner and friend to Tiffani, Jamie Croce was glad to help host the event and says Tiffani is an amazing woman, "She's a beautiful person inside and out and I'm lucky to know her, she's very strong."
Though Tiffani has a long battle ahead of her, she is staying positive, "I try to be as normal as possible. Just because I have cancer doesn't mean I have to be a victim. For me, it changed my whole perspective and value on life and time that I have. It's just precious and beautiful and I want to live it that way."
Tiffani's Mom, Faith Barber is also staying strong, but credits her daughter, "We don't really have an option, but when you look into your child's eyes and they stay so positive, you draw your strength from them."
Tiffani will continue to undergo treatments for the next year. It will take five years of being tumor free before Tiffani will be considered recovered.
If you couldn't make it to the fundraising event today you can visit any U.S. Bank and donate to the Tiffani Barber-Bonaldi account.
Account Number: 153755621155
Routing Number: 121201694