STOW: Sami Pribula, a junior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, passed out decorated fliers to her fellow students with a smile on her face and an encouraging attitude.
The fliers relay an important message to spur support from students and community members of Stow.
“No One Fights Alone” was written in large, purple cursive at the top of the sheet, and underneath the phrase was Heather Galioto's name.
Galioto, a Stow resident, has been recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme, an incurable form of brain cancer.
She has been involved with the Stow school district in a variety of capacities. She has spent time aiding the Stow band and chaperoning school functions. She has been active in leading teams for Relay for Life and local church events.
"I have been really close with the Galiotos for a long time,” Pribula said. “When I found out about the incident, I wanted to help in any way that I could."
Sto-Kent Lanes will be hosting a fundraiser and an open house on Sunday to raise money for the Galioto family. Tickets cost $25. The fundraiser will take place from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
With the purchase of one ticket, participants will receive unlimited bowling, two slices of pizza, unlimited appetizers and soft drinks.
There will also be baskets and 50/50 tickets raffled.
Anyone wanting to attend may contact Kim Christy or Jamie Randall, who are organizing the event. Christy and Randall are good friends of Galioto family and are engrossed in trying to raise as much as possible for this cause. Contact information for Christy is 216-346-4243 and contact information for Randall is 330-472-2311.
Monetary donations may also be made to any First Merit Bank by depositing to the Heather Galioto Benevolent Fund.
"Heather is so amazing. She always puts others before her and this fundraiser gives everyone a chance to put her first, Randall said. “As soon as we found out, all we could think of was how to help Heather in this difficult time.
“We thought if we could remove of the financial burden on the Galioto family, then that could aid in the family's time of need.
So many people are coming together in support, even people who don't know Heather. Everyone is doing as much as they can."
This simple fundraiser gives back to a woman in time of need who has given the community so much.
Pribula, Christy, Randall and even strangers have been spending their time to spread the word about this event.
Christy said Galioto has remained strong, determined and extremely optimistic through this time of hardship.
"During her first chemo treatment, Heather showed up with a plastic sword telling doctors, 'I am ready for battle!'," Christy said.
Christy and Randall also announced they are planning other upcoming fundraising events. Christy added that more than 100 raffle baskets have been made for those events, with more on the way.
"There are is a great amount of people behind Ms. Galioto's support," Pribula said. "If anyone knows how to fight, it is Ms. Galioto. All of her supporters will be fighting for her cause. This [fundraising event] will be a fun time for families to spend with one another and the woman who has given so much."
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