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Music for Mandi

September 18, 2005

Lee County- The last 17 months have been overwhelming for Mandi Lyon. It started shortly after the premature birth of her now eight month old son Landon.

"I just, I never could recover, I kept feeling bad for a couple of months and then went through a couple more tests and found the mass on my kidney," said Mandi.

This week some of Mandi's friends will hold a benefit concert, to let her know they care.

"Couple of Mandi's good friends, just told me they wanted to do something, just to raise money for her," said her sister Misty Carr.

"I'm very overwhelmed, but very thankful for all the support," said Mandi.

And ready to fight, she enrolled in a experimental study at the Sarah Cannon Research Hospital in Tennessee.

"I have an eight month old baby I can't just lay down and give up, I have to keep going every day and fight," said Lyon.

Mandi is undergoing treatment for stage four renal cell carcinoma, rare and unfortunately something that has limited treatment options.

"Kidney cancer is one of the cancers that they don't have many treatment options for and everything is pretty much experimental," said Lyon.

And costly, if the drug Mandi now takes for free is approved by the FDA.

"They told us it could be 50 to a 100 thousand dollars a year for the drugs," said Mandi.

Cards and prayer messages continue to pour in as Mandi puts her faith in family and friends.

"I just try to take it day by day and live for every day and enjoy every day with my friends and family," said Mandi.

The benefit concert is Thursday, September 22 at the State Theatre in Albany. The concert starts at six, with a silent auction from six to eight. Seven bands will perform including, Track 7, Cordova's Wake, J. Blues Band, Russell Martin, DJ Billy Ocean, and the Bo Henry Band. Admission is 10 dollars.

Well over 50 businesses around the Albany area have donated different items for the silent auction.

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