Plant sale will raise money for woman battling brain tumors

Published 2:30 pm Thursday, May 9, 2013

Friends Sarah Young of Clanton and Virginia Springer of Thorsby organized a Mother’s Day plant sale to support their friend, Phyllis Wilkins, who is battling brain tumors.

The plant sale will be held on May 11 at Rockin Bobbin Alterations in Clanton from 8 a.m. -1 p.m.

Springer said plants ranging from hanging baskets, herbs, petunias, geraniums, begonias to assorted plants will be for sale on Saturday with all of the proceeds going to benefit Wilkins (whose nickname is Fefe).

Young and Springer organized the sale after learning that Wilkins, formerly of Thorsby, would be traveling to Vanderbilt Skull Base Center in Nashville, Tenn. on May 21 to meet with doctors who might be able to treat the benign tumors in Wilkins’ brain.

Springer said Wilkins has Intercranial Hypertension and the tumors inside Wilkins’ brain cause too much fluid to build up around the brain resulting in constant headaches and the inability to work.

“We wanted to help her out because she doesn’t need to be dealing with the financial stress of paying for things when she needs to be focusing on getting better,” Springer said. “We thought a plant sale would be fun and the building we are hosting the plant sale in is actually a friend of ours’ so this is a community effort to help out our dear friend.”

Wilkins’ fight with the tumors started in November 1999 when she was diagnosed with brain tumors. Wilkins named the tumors “Lucy” and “Ethel” due to her love of the television show “I Love Lucy.”

Ethel was removed in 2007, but a new tumor named “Fred” arrived in 2011 along with “Little Ricky” which was a brain aneurysm. Wilkins’ also had a fight with breast cancer in 2001 resulting in a double mastectomy in 2008 where she is now a breast cancer survivor.

Wilkins hopes doctors in Vanderbilt will be able to remove the tumors causing fluid build up in her brain so she can return to work at Shelby Baptist Hospital where she worked in medical billing for operating rooms and have more time to spend with her three children and 10 grandchildren, or as she calls them, “grandloves.”

“We are trying to do what we can to help a friend that we love dearly,” Springer said. “We don’t want her dealing with this on her own so we hope people will come out and support her by purchasing a plant at our sale.”

Springer said all of the money raised at the sale will be donated to Wilkins’ medical expenses due to the possibility of a surgery that would leave Wilkins in Vanderbilt for eight weeks.

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