Patchogue-Medford High School Class of 2011 alum Kara Hirsch, 19, was recently diagnosed with a form of bone cancer.
According to a Facebook Page for her recovery efforts, Kara Hirsch was diagnosed in January with Metastasized Ewing Sarcoma. The Facebook Page has been providing updates to Kara Hirsch's condition and has 515 Likes as of this writing.
She is a St. Joseph's College student who also works with children at a KinderCare location. According to Kara Hirsch's mother Tobi Hirsch, her daughter grew up in Medford and now lives in Central Islip.
"It has been a really rough road the past two months and we have a long way to go," Tobi Hirsch told Patch Thursday. "But we are confident that with Kara's incredible strength and perseverance and surrounded by so much love, this year-long battle will end with a victory and complete recovery."
As a result of the diagnosis, Kara Hirsch is now going through a chemotherapy routine for a year as well as various surgeries and treatments. She is taking a leave from both school and work while proceeding with her recovery.
A chinese auction fundraiser to support Hirsch is taking place at Mediterranean Manor in Patchogue on April 14 from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Donation price for attendance is $60, with proceeds going toward Hirsch and her family.
Check the flyer in the gallery section and the Facebook Page for more information on the event and how to RSVP.