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Jewelry sale to aid woman's medical bills

September 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nadia Iskander is in the fight of her life. After she was diagnosed with three types of cancer, and found out her home is facing foreclosure, she took action. She began hosting her own fundraiser Tuesday. Nadia Iskander, 65, is holding a sale at her jewelry store in Huntington Beach. The money is needed not only for the business, but to help save her life.

"I'm fighting for my life and I'm fighting for my business and my home and everything," said Iskander.

Five years after battling breast cancer, Iskander's cancer has returned to both breasts, to both lungs and her adrenal gland.

"Getting that prognosis again was just horrifying, to tell you the truth," said Iskander. "I knew we were alone. It's just the two of us and having to deal with that, I knew the consequences were going to be big."

"I already lost one parent," said Sherine Iskander, Nadia's daughter. "To realize I could possibly lose another one, it was scary."

Iskander's husband Alex passed away several years ago after battling hepatitis for 20 years. The medical bills from that alone wiped out their bank account.

Iskander's insurance won't cover all her medical treatment.

Her home is also facing foreclosure. Her only source of income is her shop of 28 years. It will be closed while she recovers.

Iskander is putting her unique jewelry on sale, starting Tuesday until Saturday.

Her butterfly pieces were designed in her husband's name, a reminder of butterflies that kept appearing around Iskander after her husband's death.

Iskander is hoping the sale can cover some of her costs before surgery.

Five percent of each sale will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Iskander is hoping it will help women to get regular mammograms. She regrets she didn't follow that advice for the past two years.

"I urge everyone to please go have your mammogram on time," said Iskander.

If you want to take part in the jewelry sale fundraiser, you can stop by Elegance Jewelry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Tuesday through Saturday. That's at 9102 Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach, and the phone number is (714) 968-1288.

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