ELKHART – Without hesitation, Vicki Lehman of Elkhart will say that she is here today because of Suzanne Lindley, founder of YES! BeatLiverTumors.org.
“On my own, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have lasted,” Lehman said. “It was so tough to get through at first. The first three months I was ready to hang it up.”
That was a decade ago when Lehman was first diagnosed with colon cancer.
While her family and friends were very supportive, she knew she needed to talk with someone who had been there or who was there.
Of the many brochures from various support groups she was handed after her initial diagnosis, Lehman chose YES!
It was a decision she has not only credited with keeping her alive, but that has given her and others in the group new friendships, constant and unwavering support, and the opportunity to learn about new treatments.
“Sometimes, though, you just need that voice,” Lehman said. “I just pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey this drug is tough. What do you think? How did you do?’ I always have that.”
But Lehman has been given so much more.
After a weekend of official Red Carpet activities, 22 people from YES! including Lindley, Lehman as well as her caregiver and daughter, Julie Eaton will be a part of a Night of 100 Stars and Sunday’s 86th Annual Academy Awards.
This will be Lehman’s second trip to the Oscars.
“I was too ill to go last year,” Lehman said.
Two months ago when Lehman and her daughter found out they would be attending the Oscars, they also learned that fashion designer Dalia McPhee would be designing dresses for them.
At other events, including the previous Oscars and her September trip to the Emmy’s, Lehman wore gowns made by Dalia.