Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Friends from up and down the Parks Highway headed to Clear Sky Lodge on Saturday night to help an old friend.

There was music, lots of freshly baked goodies for sale, homemade ornaments made by her children, beautiful crafted beadwork, quilts and wall hanging by friends, and lots of love.

Roni Olson is battling acute myeloid leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant. She is currently out state, although her family remains in the Nenana area. Her family includes her partner Skook Irwin and six children between the ages of 9 and 20. This is the latest fundraiser held by friends to offer financial help to the family.

“AML is an uncertain disease,” Irwin said in a poster she created to share this agonizing cancer journey. “It is not measured in months or years. AML is measured in days or weeks. Without treatment it is fatal.

“With treatment to include a transplant, there is hope that Roni will have another three to five years with her family.”

Roni was there via FaceTime, so she had a chance to see all the good energy being sent her way.

“This has been and will continue to be a long journey, a very long time of uncertainty and unsteadiness,” Irwin said.

She was overwhelmed at the generosity of her community and outpouring of assistance from everyone.

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