Chicken and noodle benefit for local cancer warrior Diana Powell

After beating Stage 3 colon cancer nearly a decade ago, Diana Powell had been in remission until last summer.

When Powell's doctor cleared her of any fears in April of 2023 after an annual scan, financial hardships later that spring led Powell to cut her insurance payment to help pay the bills. 



Unfortunately, Powell wasn't as healthy as she had previously thought when she cut her insurance. 



Getting her second cancer diagnosis and treatment plan in October of 2023, Powell said she is determined to make it through treatments and come out a survivor. 



Originally from Texas, Powell moved to Rochester 12 years ago. When co-workers Debbie Vandalsen and Pam Arnett came to Powell about wanting to help by starting a benefit supper, Powell learned a little more about what small town community support was all about.

Never being the type to ask for help, Powell says the kindness from her co-workers and other community members has taken a load off her shoulders. 



The benefit for Powell will be held at the Fulton County Historical Society Museum on April 21 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Featuring a chicken and noodle dinner, the event will also have a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, and bake sale.

The event is still in need of donations for the bake sale and silent auction.

Dinner tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Mega Liquor and Smoke's Rochester locations. Donation drop-offs can also be taken there before April 19.