Community helping local non-profit with unique fundraiser



Posted on August 22, 2014 at 7:55 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A unique fundraiser is helping a local non-profit that provides a home away from home for cancer patients.

The event is called ‘Beauty and the Vine.’ It was hosted at the Nectar Tasting Lounge Thursday night. The Facebook event calls it a night of pampering, education and networking. It was all to support a non-profit called ‘Because There is Hope: Faye’s House.’

Melody Biehl started the non-profit for a very personal reason. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago.

“I was sitting there going, ‘why me?’ At that point I felt like I didn’t have any hope. There was that time, ‘what if I die?’ All those what ifs,” said Biehl.

While going through treatment, she met Faye and the two quickly became friends. Melody survived the cancer while Faye did not.

Faye’s House started in loving memory of her friend. It is a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers to stay while they received treatment in Spokane. Melody said when she first got the idea, she did not know how she could do it all. The support of the community made it all possible.

“It warms my heart. The people in the community want to help. When we opened the house we needed furniture, we needed pictures on the walls. It’s amazing. When they found out what we were doing, I got all these phone calls. I’ve got pictures, I’ve got furniture,” said Biehl.

The community is still supporting Faye’s House 10 years after it started.

“When I start thinking about worrying and I pray it just happens. People just step up and there’s what we need to take care of the house,” said Biehl.

The house is centered on hope. The community has helped keep that hope alive. Local were the ones to put together Thursday’s event.

They offered a free paraffin hand dip for anyone who brings household donations. The fundraising event started at 6 pm.