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One strong and brave single mother and Beckley native is asking for your help after receiving terrible news.

A 35 year old woman was told she has breast cancer and now she's struggling with the cost of treatments.

"How could this be? How could this happen to me? How am I going to tell my family?," Fields said.

Carlisa Gibson Fields relived the somber moments from December 23rd of last year, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in January she made the decision to have a double mastectomy.

Fields then underwent treatments in Indiana, only to be given even worse news.She wasn't responding to treatments.

Finally, she found a breath of fresh air in a cancer center in Houston.

"Once I went there, they started different treatments and re-read my slides," she said.

No matter what the adversity, Fields attributes her strength and bravery to her faith and her loving support system.

"I feel like God prepared me for this, by putting those people in my life. My mom and my sisters and my dad," Carlisa told us.

Carlisa undergoes another surgery in a few weeks to remove more tissue to be tested. She then will receive radiation for 6 weeks starting in October.

To cover the treatment expenses, Carlisa's sister has offered up her own Camaro Z28 to be raffled off at car shows and a concert. For the small price of a raffle ticket, you can win the Camaro Z28 and give some much needed relief to Carlisa.

In addition to regular self-exams and mammogram's, Fields encourages women to take prevention another step further.

"Make sure you can have an ultrasound, I feel like that's the best thing," she added.

Raffle tickets will be available for the Z28 on August 25th at the Appalachian Festival at Crossroads Mall. A raffle ticket is $20.

The car will be raffled off at the benefit concert on September 13th at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Tickets will be $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.