Woman hosts community yard sale to support friend battling cancer

Woman hosts community yard sale to support friend battling cancer (Image 1)

Sarah Gillum and Amy Parker are the kind of best friends any woman would be lucky to have.

They laugh together, cry together and when times get tough, they stick together.

The Sumner County women have been inseparable for 15 years and today their friendship is stronger than ever.

“I don't have to worry about anything if I have her. She takes care of it all,” said Gillum.

Parker lost both of her parents to cancer when she was just a young girl, so when she received a bad test result two years ago she was devastated and afraid.

“When my first mammogram came back irregular it was panic. I'm now a mother, I'm a wife and I want to be just like my mother, but I didn't want to be just like my mother,” Parker told Nashville's News 2.

Parker made the decision to have both of her breasts removed to reduce her risk of cancer.

She said her best friend, Gillum, was by her side every step of the way.

“She took me to my appointments, she held my hand when I was home, she got my pain medication from the pharmacy, she would get my drinks and she brought her baby to put a smile on my face. She did everything for me,” Parker recalled.

Parker hoped she would never have to return the favor, but in February, Gillum, who was just 34, was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

“Very matter of fact, she said I'm going to have a double mastectomy as soon as chemo is over,” said Parker.

Gillum, a hairstylist, continues working during treatment and will have surgery this summer.

“My concern was, ‘How is my Sarah going to come back to work and do hair?'” asked Parker.

Parker wants her friend to be able to focus on her health and family instead of worrying about how she will pay her medical bills.

Gillum has medical insurance but it likely won't cover all of her expenses.

Parker decided to host a community yard sale on Saturday, April 27 to help raise money for her friend.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Webster Brothers Garage parking lot on Lebanon Road in Old Hickory.

Parker is asking the community to donate unwanted items before the yard sale.

“I thought, it is spring cleaning. People are cleaning out closets so consider me. I'll take anything,” said Parker.

She is not “selling” the merchandise but will accept donations in exchange for them.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Gillum.

To donate items you can contact Amy Parker at saleforsarah@gmail.com.

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