HARMONY, Maine — Throughout these past few months the community of Harmony has been gathering donations to help support one of its own — Aliza Stutzman.
Stutzman, 13, was diagnosed with cancer and has been staying at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor while she undergoes chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Lisa Rackliff Rice, a family friend, said “an important piece is that Aliza has been gaining strength from her friends,” who visit her often.
On July 14, a benefit dinner for Aliza was held in the gymnasium of Harmony Elementary School, and Rice said it was successful.
Bracelets were also sold at the dinner. In addition, bracelets were sold at a booth during homecoming weekend in Dover-Foxcroft and are still available for purchase in certain places.
The bracelets were designed by Aliza herself and are orange — because it is her favorite color — with white lettering. On the outside they read, “Aliza Jean — Fight Like a Girl” and the inside of some of them reads, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger,” a lyric to a Kelly Clarkson song and a strengthening anthem for Aliza.
Bracelets are $3 each and can be purchased at Stutzman Farms in Sangerville or at C&R General Store and AG Harmony in Harmony. For those who would prefer to make a donation, an account has been set up for Aliza at the Bangor Savings Bank branch in Skowhegan, P.O. Box 454, Skowhegan 04976. Checks may be made out to Aliza Stutzman.