The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

May 16, 2014

Friends assist family as Barbee battles breast cancer

By Trenton Little Staff Writer
CNHI

Thursday, May 15, 2014 — It was April 1, 2013, when Angie Barbee, 40, of Stanfield received the heart-wrenching news. A local specialist had diagnosed her with breast cancer.

“I was shocked, and very scared when I received the news,” Barbee said.

Her husband, Jonathan, shared her emotions. Upset about the diagnosis, he reached out to a hospital in Pennsylvania to obtain a second physical.

To cope with the costly medical bills, Jonathan began working overtime hours and looking for a second job.

The medical bills had risen recently for the Barbee family and became too much. Before receiving her breast cancer diagnosis, Angie underwent gallbladder surgery. Angie receives monthly bone shocks to prevent the spread of cancer throughout her body. Her husband also had two back surgery operations recently.

While the insurance will cover 80 percent of the cost, the family is responsible for the deductible, which will equate to around $8,000.

Angie also travels to Philadephia for treatment every month.  

Despite the news, Kinza Baptist Church Rev. Darryl Nance said he has not seen a change in Angie.

“She has really been persistent and determined to prevail,” Nance said.

Angie is thankful for the support she has received from her community and her Kinza church family.

After hearing the deacons present the news during a church service, John and Wanda Yow felt the Lord wanted them to help the Barbee famliy.

“We’re just trying to do what the Lord wants us to do,” Wanda Yow said.

The Yows met Angie through her father and have known her for many years.

John Yow said the Barbees mean a lot to the community. Angie was born into the church due to her father and mother being members.

“They’re heavily involved with the youth at the church,” John Yow said.

With the help of Kinza, West Stanly Christian Ministries, Love’s Grove United Methodist Church and Christian Cooking Convoy, a barbecued chicken benefit to help Angie Barbee and her family is scheduled from 11a.m.-7 p.m. Friday at Kinza Baptist Church in Stanfield.

Plates are $8 and will consist of one-half chicken, bread, slaw, chips and cake. All tickets and profits will go to the medical bills of Angie Barbee.

Angie said it is hard to believe people that don’t know her will help. She is understanding what community really means.

“It has meant that you have more family than you know,” Barbee said.

To submit story ideas, contact Trenton Little at (704) 982-2121 ext. 33 or email trenton@stanlynewspress.com.