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Friends hold benefit for former Lincoln woman

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By: Brittany Paris

Karol Floyd's friends were devastated when they found out she had cancer. But to help lift some of the financial burden of her treatment's, they're hosting a benefit this weekend.

Sisters Liza Peralta and Felicia Mendoza have known Floyd for most of their lives.

"I've known her since I was 3, or she's known me since then," Mendoza said.

Floyd started out as a friend of the Mendoza family, but now, she's just family.

And Lisa Bickert has been friends with Floyd for more than three decades.

"Karol is, is a very sweet spirit, a very sweet and very strong spirit," she said.

Floyd moved from Lincoln to Wisconsin about 6 months ago to be near her 19-year-old daughter, Taylor, whose going to college there.

It was just six weeks ago Floyd was diagnosed with cancer. First it was in her lungs, and then a few weeks later, she found out it spread to her brain.

Mendoza says this kind of cancer has between a 10 and 15 percent survival rate. The doctors have given Floyd a year.

"I think with all of us it kind of really hasn't completely hit us," Mendoza said. "But that timeline, the doctor gives you a timeline of a certain time that you have to be with a person, it's really sad."

Peralta says Floyd can't work because she's so sick. So they've put together a benefit to help ease the financial burden.

"This kind of hiccup came up in her life and that's when all of her family and loved ones here in town decided we need to do something about that," Peralta said.

"She's our family, she's our friend, and she's been there for us. And we plan to be there for her," Bickert said.

The benefit will be this Sunday, September 8, at the bar Peralta owns, Compadres Tequila Bar. The address is 1320 O St.

There will be nachos and a silent auction. It starts at 4:30 p.m. and goes until the nachos run out.

Bickert says she's thankful to the Lincoln community for its support.

"They always say, what's the phrase, there is no place like Nebraska. Well, you know what, Lincoln has shown that to us today and we're going to celebrate that for our friend who we love very, very much," she said.

About 150 people are expected to show up on Sunday, and everyone is welcome.

They're auctioning off a lot of Husker gear, including a signed football by Tom Osborne.

Thursday was Karol's 50th birthday.

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