Fundraising event aids cancer patient’s fight

Fundraising event aids cancer patient’s fight

Instead of going out tonight for dinner you can help save a life.

This Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m., a fundraising event will be held at the Turner Club/Michael’s Restaurant to help Waterbury-LaSalle resident Gina Hooks continue her three-year long battle against colorectal cancer.

With friends and family by Gina’s side throughout it all, they have decided to help support and comfort her by hosting this evening’s fundraising event.

Tickets are $75 which includes door prize, buffet, drinks and live band and can be purchased through Paypal.

Raffle will be sold at the fundraiser at $20 each or 6 for $100 for a host of great gifts.

Prizes up for grabs include a grand prize one-week stay at a three-bedroom villa in Malaga, Spain with airfare for two, another prize includes four nights at any Hyatt Hotel in the U.S. and the final big prize winner earns two NY Giants vs Carolina Panthers football tickets.

Other raffles include weekend getaways, designer bags and shoes, Yankee vs Red Sox tickets, Broadway shows, concert tickets, golf lessons, hair salon gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates and many more.

Winners need not be present at the event’s drawing.

Three years ago, Gina and Michael Hooks were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Olivia.

Six weeks after her birth, Gina was diagnosed with this disease.

Her mother, Donna Pandolfo explained Gina was experiencing bowel issues and underwent a colonoscopy revealing a stage-three polyp which was removed.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the United States.

Since her diagnosis, Gina’s cancer has metastasized to her lung and brain.

Pandolfo explained her daughter had a tumor fully removed from her brain this January, but she still has a tumor measuring five centimeters located on her lung which has collapsed a portion of this organ.

Determined to fight this disease, she is currently undergoing alternative cancer treatments at Immunity Therapy Clinic, a cancer treatment center located in Tijuana, Mexico, but unfortunately this treatment is not covered by insurance and is extremely costly.

Gina is currently receiving a variety of different treatments at this clinic which include ozone therapy meant to oxygenate her blood, whole body hyperthermia, where thermal chambers and hot water blankets raise her body temperature in an induced controlled fever to active her immune cells to combat cancer cells, localized hyperthermia applied to her lung daily as well as laetrile therapy which helps fortify her immune system while targeting and killing cancer cells through laetrile, a substance related to amygdalin, a compound found in pits of fruits such as apricots, her mother said.

“This has been especially difficult for my daughter and my son-in-law and has set them back a lot,” Pandolfo said. “Michael loves his wife so much that he would do anything to help her.”

“Gina remains optimistic and we’ve been very blessed with people’s support during this extremely difficult time,” she added.

Grand prize raffles for this event will be sold in advance as well as during the event.

If interested, contact Joanalyce Hooks Attis, Ara Jane Hooks, Jessica Lynn Beitz or Joel Attis through Facebook private messenger to purchase these raffles.

If you are unable to attend, but would still wish to donate to this cause, visit or to Gina’s Go Fund Me account at

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