Trackside event raises nearly $8,000 for cancer treatmentFriends, family, business community rally around Waldoboro woman
Rockland — About $7,900 was raised to help a Waldoboro woman, who is fighting advanced inflammatory breast cancer, during a fundraiser March 11 at Trackside Station restaurant.
Michelle Robicheau Winchenbach, 35, who grew up in Thomaston, was diagnosed Sept. 27 with advanced inflammatory breast cancer. Since her diagnosis, she has been undergoing various types of chemotherapy and other treatments. Those treatments will be followed by radical surgery and radiation.
Donations and proceeds from the social gathering at Trackside will help Winchenbach and her husband, Timothy, with medical expenses. The couple has two daughters, Kathleen, 14, and Samantha, 11.
"I am blessed to have such wonderful friends and family, as well as such a remarkable community around me," Winchenbach said on Facebook following the event. "I am completely blown away by the outpouring of generosity by all the businesses and individuals for the auction and raffle, not to mention the phenomenal success of the evening overall. I cannot even come close to thanking you all enough for caring for me and being there last night."
The event featured music by Lolie Palooza and a raffle of items from many local businesses. Trackside Station owners Kelly and Mike Woods donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of special beverages and Breast Cancer T-shirts. The Owls Head Transportation Museum donated a two-person plane ride in a 1933 Waco.
In July 2012, Winchenbach felt a lump in her breast and had an ultrasound done. She thought all was well, but due to a lack of communication from her doctors that further testing was required, she fell through the cracks. In early August 2013, her dog Abe, “paw punched” her in the breast while they were playing. Symptoms from the blow quickly led her to having another ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy resulting in a diagnosis of advanced inflammatory breast cancer. There is no family history of breast cancer.
From September on, Michelle’s procedures, blood tests, surgical biopsy, port implant for chemotherapy, complications associated with chemo and surgery, and weekly/bi-weekly trips to Brunswick for treatment have produced significant medical expenses
Trackside Station is located at 4 Union St. in Rockland, 594-7500.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.